Bushnell-Prairie City School District http://tspr.org en B-PC Best Group Assists District http://tspr.org/post/b-pc-best-group-assists-district <p>A three-district school consolidation issue drew together parents in the Bushnell-Prairie City School District who had a number of concerns about it. They worked hard to ultimately defeat the measure that would have merged the district with Avon and Abingdon.&nbsp; But the effort led them to see the district's strengths and challenges.<br><br>The Just Vote No Committee did not just fade away after the April election. Instead, the group decided to provide support for the district. The group changed its name to B-PC Best.<br> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 13:15:03 +0000 James Lenz 20332 at http://tspr.org B-PC Best Group Assists District B-PC Parents Group Lives up to Promise http://tspr.org/post/b-pc-parents-group-lives-promise <p>The &ldquo;Just Vote No&rdquo; committee formed earlier this year in the Bushnell-Prairie City School District. It was composed of parents opposed to a three-district school consolidation measure on the March ballot that included the district. The measure went down to defeat in two of the three districts.<br /><br />Committee members said the campaign had a positive impact because it focused more attention on the needs in the B-PC district, particularly in the area of the curriculum.<br /> Mon, 21 May 2012 14:32:35 +0000 James Lenz 15445 at http://tspr.org B-PC Parents Group Lives up to Promise B-PC School Superintendent to Retire http://tspr.org/post/b-pc-school-superintendent-retire <p>Bushnell-Prairie City School Superintendent David Messersmith will retire a year earlier than he wanted.<br /><br />Other educators around the region are facing similar decisions.<br /><br />He reconsidered his plans once Governor Pat Quinn proposed a number of changes to state pensions plans including reducing benefits for retirees.&nbsp; Messersmith hopes to &ldquo;lock-in&rdquo; his benefits under the current pension rules. He thinks the state will suffer a&nbsp; &ldquo;brain drain&rdquo; as other educators come to the same conclusion.<br /> Thu, 17 May 2012 20:07:07 +0000 James Lenz 15291 at http://tspr.org B-PC School Superintendent to Retire In The Tri States http://tspr.org/post/tri-states-46 <p>A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from March 2012.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The proposed consolidation of the Abingdon, Avon, and Bushnell-Prairie City School Districts was soundly rejected during the March 20 Illinois primaries.&nbsp; More than 80% of B-PC voters cast ballots against the idea and it was rejected by more than 74% in Abingdon. Only voters in Avon approved it.&nbsp;&nbsp; The week after the election, reporter Jim Lenz took a look at what might be next for those school districts.</p> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 12:43:07 +0000 Rich Egger 12793 at http://tspr.org In The Tri States