Piatt County spellers advance to regional bee

A pair of Piatt County eighth graders who barely missed advancing out of last year's Piatt County Spelling Bee made sure that did not happen this year.

Riley Combes, a Monticello Middle School eighth grader, took on 24 others and came out on top in this year's bee, held Feb. 16 at the middle school.

Bement applies for state loan

If the Bement school district gets access to no- or low-interest state borrowing, it could soon undertake maintenance projects with an eye toward increasing energy efficiency at its buildings.

Sixth graders learn about smart grids

Monticello Middle School students used a smart grid interactive display last week to learn about energy resources, electricity production and distribution, and what kind of power typical household items draw.

Nine decades of ties to Cerro Gordo High School

Early on in recent Cerro Gordo school facilities discussion, it was determined the 1929 high school building should remain standing.

In the words of architects and school officials, it still had good “bones.”

Classic school buildings still going strong

The phrase “they don’t make them like they used to” seems to apply fairly well to Piatt County school buildings. As local districts ponder a variety of upgrades – from lower cost maintenance to potential $30 million projects – the age of the building does not seem to be playing into the equation.

DeLand-Weldon sets school dates for 2017-18

Calendar dates were the main item of discussion at the Jan. 23 DeLand-Weldon school board session. By the time the meeting adjourned, board members had approved the dates for the 2017-18 school year, changed three meeting dates, and established when commencements will take place this May.

Teacher shortage being seen in Piatt County

A teacher shortage discussed for several years in Illinois has reached Piatt County, with local school districts finding it more difficult than ever to fill open positions.

Mini horses help students say 'whoa' to bullying

Students at Monticello Christian Academy heard a different take on bullying from Taylorville-based Heartland Mini Hoofs on Jan. 24. The anti-bullying program uses miniature horses to get points across, showing how the horses help each other by positioning themselves at different angles so that all approaches are guarded for the good of the group.

Furniture donated to Cerro Gordo schools

The former Decatur teamsters union made a donation to the Cerro Gordo school district which the board formerly accepted January 18 at its monthly board meeting.

The donation included a podium, roughly 60 folding chairs, a copy machine and an American flag with a stand.

MHS music heading to New York

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway – well at least guitarist/singer George Benson does – and Monticello band and chorus members will be able to check it out for themselves when they head to New York City for a week long field trip in the spring of 2018.

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