36! Perfect ACT score for Tate

Eric Tate was confident after taking the ACT test for the second time on Feb. 11.

But he didn’t expect a perfect score, the first in at least a decade for a Monticello High School student.

Interim superintendent may continue another year at D-W

The DeLand-Weldon school board hired a consultant last month to help with its superintendent search, but has decided it will be up to the new board to be elected April 4 to decide the timeline of the search.

CG board discusses upcoming referendum question

As the vote for the Cerro Gordo school renovations and addition rapidly approaches, board members expressed optimism about the possible outcome at their monthly meeting March 15.

School board gives support to proposed subdivision

The Monticello school board on March 15 approved a handshake agreement with Kirby Medical Center that would make up for lost real estate tax revenues to the school if the hospital develops a 32-acre, 104-unit subdivision on land the hospital owns within a Tax Increment Financing district.

Spanish students go old school with snail mail

It’s unique in the digital age to see high school students excited about snail mail.

But when hand-written letters arrived from their pen pals, it was a like a party for Monticello High School third-year Spanish students.

School administrators against mandatory seat belts on buses

The Illinois Secretary of State has given his blessing to legislation that would mandate seat belts on all state school buses, but local school officials are not on board with the idea.

Community committee formed by school board

The Monticello school district has organized a Community Facility Advisory Committee, which will discuss the school’s various facilities options and report back to the school board in August or September.

Summer building work planned for Bement schools

An estimated $2.8 million in facility improvements that will include more secure entryways for schools in Bement took another step forward last week. School board members voted on March 8 to pay $425,000 up front to energy consultant Opterra Energy in order to proceed with the project, which school officials hope can be completed this summer.

CGHS principal heading to Bement

Cerro Gordo Junior/Senior High School Principal Steve Cline will move about 10 miles down Route 105 next school year, where he will be the district-wide assistant principal for the Bement school district.

Helping others face the realities of drug addiction

When Connie Gyorr started setting up a drug abuse education effort to help others avoid issues that led to the death of her daughter last year, she wanted to make sure information reached all ages throughout all of Piatt County.

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