Education

Scholarship to honor former D-W student

Honoring a former DeLand-Weldon student and creating a scholarship fund in his memory took place at the August 15 DeLand-Weldon School Board meeting.


Facilities to be discussed at board retreate

Monticello School Superintendent Vic Zimmerman said two of the three main topics scheduled for the board’s annual retreat Wednesday will focus on continuing facilities improvement and BLDD Architects will share various options for remodeling the high school.


Cripe resigns from Cerro Gordo school board

The Cerro Gordo school board is looking for a new board member after the resignation of Barry Cripe. Cripe, who has served on the board for five years, submitted his resignation by letter, which was approved by the school board at its Aug. 17 meeting. District Superintendent Brett Robinson said Cripe indicated it would be difficult to attended meetings due to changes in his job.


For the second time, school's flag goes missing

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Monticello school custodial staff raised a new flag up the Washington Elementary School flagpole, replacing one that had been stolen over the summer when the rope used to hoist up Old Glory was cut.

By the time students arrived for the first day of school Wednesday, the new flag was already gone, again the victim of vandals who cut the cord.


Different life safety survey outlined

The Bement school board is considering an alternative method for obtaining its state-mandated 10-year life safety survey, which will spell out local school building fixes that are needed to meet Illinois building and safety codes.


Reasons to cheer, maybe jeer, start of school

We can’t tell you whether taxpayers will grant Unit 4’s $200 million wish or whether Monticello’s #GoSages push will pan out. But there’s plenty else new and newsworthy to cheer — or, in a few cases, jeer — about as the 2016-17 school year kicks off across the area. Here’s our top 100, which include several from Piatt County.


Cerro Gordo reviews facility upgrade options

Possible building addition and renovation projects of varying degrees – and price tags – were reviewed by the Cerro Gordo school board at its July 20 meeting.


Second floor addition not likely for high school

It wouldn’t be impossible to add a second floor to a portion of Monticello High School, but it looks highly improbable. In a report presented to the school board on July 13, BLDD architects cite new building codes and poor soil as major reasons why going up on the 1966 portion of MHS is not feasible.


Sheppard appointed to Monticello school board

Marc Sheppard was sworn in as the newest Monticello school board member on July 13. Sheppard, of Monticello, will fill the unexpired term previously held by Dr. Jim Dahl, who recently resigned his seat. The term runs through April of 2017.


Second kindergarten teacher added at Bement

Projected numbers for Bement’s kindergarten class could more than double this fall, prompting the school board to hire a second teacher and section for that grade.


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