Renovation options on table for Monticello schools

While the Monticello school board considers its older structures, it will also attempt to address the most glaring problem at its newest building – air conditioning and heating at the middle school that opened in 2003.

State says it overpaid CPPRT funds

Piatt County taxing bodies will likely have to pay back a total of $1.4 million on Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax revenues after the state revealed last week that it had distributed too much CPPRT for the last two years.

College funding on the way

Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger issued the following statement Friday following General Assembly passage of legislation to partially fund state universities and community colleges and avoid further cuts and potential closings. The legislation also includes funding for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for college students. Governor Rauner is expected to sign the legislation:

Cerro Gordo schools look to upgrade facilities

A $13 million upgrade to Cerro Gordo school facilities is on the back burner after the district failed to receive a low- or no-interest loan from the state. But the district is still trying to address what it feels are the most critical needs of its buildings.

Zimmerman recognized by administrator association

Dr. Victor Zimmerman, superintendent of Monticello CUSD 25 in Monticello, has been named the 2016 Superintendent of Distinction by his colleagues in the Abe Lincoln Region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA).

Potential reasons given for referendum failure

Following a second referendum failure to fund a new high school in Monticello, a different long-term facilities plan for the school district will likely be needed.

Cyberdefense team wins at ISU

The Monticello High School Cyberdefense Team captured first place in the Illinois State University Cyberdefense Competition, held April 8 on the ISU campus in Normal.

Team members included Nick Stine, Blake Busby, Eric Tate, James Kilby, William Uhlarik, and Noah Hanselman.

Paper clips to raise awareness of Holocaust

Bement High School English teacher Stephani Witts originally planned to have students stretch 6 million connected paper clips outside on school grounds as part of a Holocaust study.

But simple math got in the way.

Camp Invention returning to White Heath

Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program, supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and a product of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), is coming to White Heath Elementary School the week of June 6. 

Monticello referendum debrief at board meeting

With a twice-defeated high school referendum behind them, Monticello School Superintendent Vic Zimmerman admits the district is without a long-term plan to address its aging facilities.

But after a short break that follows four years of facilities study, he promised a new plan would emerge.

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