Education

Bement proposes 50-50 split with co-op agreement

The Bement school board is proposing a 50/50 split when it comes to hosting practices and athletic contests with its co-op partner Cerro Gordo.


Eating in the classroom now allowed

The DeLand-Weldon school district has come up with a pretty simple recipe when it comes to a more productive school day: If you feed the body, you feed the mind.


Free tax help returns to Allerton library

The AARP Foundation will once again offer free in-person tax preparation services at the Allerton Public Library, 4000 Green Apple Lane in Monticello. It is open to those of all ages and will begin on Feb. 5 and run through April 14.


Rose holds Youth Advisory Council

Nearly 70 high school students from 26 high schools across State Sen. Chapin Rose’s (R-Mahomet) 51st Senate District participated in a unique, hands-on experience in public policy, state government, and leadership on Dec. 8, as part of Rose’s Youth Advisory Council.


Illinois State Scholars announced for 2018-19

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is pleased to announce the names of the 2018-19 Illinois State Scholars. These honorees represent some of Illinois’ best and brightest, and join the other top Illinois high school students honored with the prestigious designation since it was introduced in 1958.


D-WHS announces homecoming royalty

D-WHS royalty Megan McClure and Calvin Larrison were named Homecoming Queen and King at the DeLand-Weldon Homecoming, held on Saturday, Dec. 9. Other members of the homecoming court were:

Freshmen – Noah Danison and Tori Billingsley

Sophomores – Matt Porter and Lauren Burke


Monticello school website to get new look

For the first time in over a decade, the Monticello schools website will receive a major overhaul that will include a mobile app.

The school board on Dec. 20 approved a three-year contract with Little Rock-based Apptegy, and once the new site is up it will allow better integration with social media platforms.


School referendum placed on March 20 ballot

Voters in the Monticello school district will cast ballots on a $29.8 million referendum question next March that would fund renovations at the high school/Washington Elementary school campus. School board members on Wednesday, Dec. 20 voted to place the issue on the March 20 ballot, which will be the district’s third referendum try in five years.


School bonds purchased in Cerro Gordo

The Cerro Gordo school board approved the issuance of $10 million dollars worth of bonds Dec. 13 to finance the new building addition and campus renovations scheduled to begin in 2018.


Community invited to D-W planning meeting

The DeLand-Weldon school board is issuing an open invitation for district residents and other community stake holders to take part in a strategic planning session on Jan. 27. The meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will help chart the school system’s goals for the future. It will update a plan crafted in 2012.


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