Hamilton, IL – The superintendent of a Hancock County school district will step down this summer. Hamilton superintendent Steve Breckon has announced his retirement, effective June 30. The school board accepted Breckon's resignation after a lengthy board meeting. Breckon has been in education for more than 4 decades, including the last 5 years as Hamilton's superintendent. Breckon says it is the right time for him to step down. The district faces some tough decisions in the near future.
Carthage, IL – A vacant lot in Carthage will soon be used to fill an important need in the community. A 10-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors will be built at the corner of Walnut and Marion. It'll be the first senior housing complex in the town. Mayor Jim Nightingale says the location is ideal because it's near the downtown shopping district, the senior center, and other amenities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide $1,141,900 to cover the entire construction cost.
Rushville, IL – The Schuyler-Industry school board will seek court help to reclaim some of the students who have left for the Macomb district. Superintendent Matt Plater says the lawsuit will ask the court to order that students who wanted to detach from the Industry district be compelled to attend the Schuyler-Industry schools ... or pay tuition to Macomb, where many are attending. Plater says the Schuyler-Industry district was down about 28 students at the beginning of the current school year. He says some enrolled in private schools, others went to the Macomb district.