Politics and Government

School security issues raised at Monticello board meeting

Measures are being taken to make sure there is no repeat of an incident that saw a Monticello Lincoln Elementary School student disappear from school grounds on May 9. School officials say a gate to bridge a gap in fencing at the preschool through first grade building should be installed by the end of the week.


Bement water quality questioned

By Christy Jankowski
Journal-Republican correspondent

Tom Good showed up to the Bement village board meeting May 9 with a cup of water, showing through the clear cup how discolored it was.


Zoning approved for Monticello daycare

The Wright Start, a home-based preschool and daycare to be operated by Tanna Wright at 703 Adams Street beginning in August, got the go-ahead by the Monticello city council with the approval of a pair of zoning measures. 


County, township swap jurisdiction of White Heath area roads

The main highway through White Heath will now be under county supervision after a jurisdictional transfer was approved by the Piatt County board on May 10.


Water issues headline Mansfield meeting

Water was the key issue at the Mansfield village board meeting May 1 – both how to better provide it and how to drain storm water out of town.

Town resident Jessica Bartley asked if better drainage was still on the village board’s radar.


Summers named city administrator

The Monticello city council has voted to take the word “interim” off the job title of Terry Summers, making him the town’s new city administrator.


School district to purchase bus building

The Monticello school district will soon own the building where its leased buses are stored. School board members on April 25 approved the purchase of the 24,000-square-foot building at 1042 S. Market St. for a price of $387,500.


D-W promotes from within for new superintendent

A familiar face in DeLand-Weldon will become the district's school superintendent on July 1. Current K-12 Principal Amanda Geary was hired by the school board Tuesday to take over the top administrative post while keeping kindergarten through fifth grade principal duties.


Huisinga re-elected school board president

Gary Huisinga was re-elected president of the Monticello school board at a meeting on April 25. The longtime board member was first elected president in July of last year after the resignation of Jim Dahl.


New Monticello High School principal named

Current K-12 Oakland school principal Adam Clapp will be the next Monticello High School principal. The 33-year-old Oakland native who started his educational career in Monticello was unanimously approved by the school board on April 25.


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