Rushville, IL – Two regional school boards have trimmed a total of 13 teaching positions. This is the time when teachers who won't be hired for next year must be notified. The West Prairie district cut ten non-tenure positions and reduced the contrct for three others. In addition, the board eliminated all extra-pay positions until it has a better idea of what it will offer next year. In Rushville the board eliminated a full-time industrial arts position and eliminated half-time positions in speech and French.
Macomb, IL – The renovated ballpark at Western Illinois University now officially has a new name. The Board of Trustees approved a resolution to name it Alfred Boyer Baseball Stadium. Boyer graduated from WIU in 1972. He recently gave $300,000 to the university for sports construction work. Half of that money went to the baseball stadium project. The university says Boyer has also made other significant gifts in support of sports programs. The renovations to the ballpark include improvements to the playing field.
Des Moines, IA – A longtime Southeast Iowa lawmaker is seeking another term at the State Capitol. State Representative Phil Wise says Southeast Iowa is moving in the right direction. The Keokuk Democrat wants another 2 years in office so he can continue to help the region at the state level. Wise says his focus will remain on economic development and education. He says his ability to work with members of both parties is an asset for Southeast Iowa, with the legislature so evenly split. Wise is seeking his 11th term in the Iowa House of Representatives.