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Macomb School District

Rich Egger

The Board of Education agreed to issue $6 million in Working Cash Bonds to pay for three construction projects.  Superintendent Patrick Twomey said the bond issue will not alter the district's tax rate.

Rich Egger

The concept of the Community First project in Macomb became public a couple years ago. The partners believe they’re now close to deciding whether that concept will become a reality.

Rich Egger

Construction is complete on the greenhouse at Macomb High School, while construction is just getting started on the renovation project at Lincoln School.

Rich Egger

The superintendent of the Macomb School District told Tri States Public Radio that a new middle school will be built with or without the Community First project.

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The psychologist and author spent a couple days in the Macomb School District talking to teachers, staff, and students about strategies for achieving success.  He also gave a public presentation geared to parents.

How I Feel about Bombers

Mar 22, 2017
Rich Egger

Whenever I pass a Bombers sign here in Macomb, I wonder how the word Bombers and the image of WWII airplanes that dropped bombs can represent us, our community, our high school student-athletes, today in 2017.

Jason Parrott

There is an effort to revive one of western Illinois' fabled high school conferences. Sherrard Superintendent Alan Boucher sent out letters the final week of December to area small schools about bringing back the Olympic Conference.

Rich Egger

Representatives from the Macomb School District, the city, McDonough District Hospital, and the YMCA are still studying whether it's feasible to build a new middle school and community center.

What’s on the Ballot in the Tri-States

Nov 8, 2016

Election Day has arrived in the tri-state region as election volunteers arrived early at local polling sites, powering up voting machines and setting up registration tables. Thousands of people cast early ballots, but even more will get in line before the polls close at 7 pm in Illinois and Missouri and at 9 pm in Iowa.

Rich Egger

McDonough County voters this fall are being asked to approve a one-cent increase in the county's sales tax. The money generated by it would go to local school districts to pay for construction and renovation projects.

Rich Egger

The collaboration created to determine the feasibility of building a new middle school and community center in Macomb has lost one of its partners. Park Board President John Hemingway said the park district will no longer be involved in the project.

Rich Egger

When we moved to Macomb 5½ years ago, Jack was getting ready to start kindergarten and Lucy wasn't even walking yet. Now, I have a child at Edison and a kindergartener at Lincoln (who once she started walking never looked back). On National Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to thank all the Macomb teachers who have touched the lives of my children.

Rich Egger

The five partners in the proposed Citizens Action Project (CAP) are preparing for the next step in the process.

Rich Egger

Superintendent Mark Twomey said the middle school was combined with the high school about a quarter-century ago with the idea that it was just a temporary fix. So he feels a change is long overdue.

Rich Egger

The civil rights leader grew up in the western Illinois community, which paid homage to him during a three day visit that coincided with homecoming at Western Illinois University.

Rich Egger

Macomb School Superintendent Mark Twomey set a goal of having 100% of third grade students reading at grade level.

Rich Egger

The idea of starting a new agriculture education program appealed to Wyatt McGrew.  Now he will get a chance to build a program from the ground up in the Macomb School District beginning in August.

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Jeff Moore was up for reinstatement as head coach of the boys’ soccer team at Macomb High School. But instead he recently submitted his letter of resignation from the position.

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Illinois lawmakers and Governor Bruce Rauner have agreed to restore about $97 million that had been cut from K-12 schools for the final few months of the fiscal year.  The cuts resulted from the rollback of the temporary higher income tax rate and a 2.25% across the board reduction to the state's budget. Some school districts in west central Illinois will benefit, but it might not make much difference.

Rich Egger

An updated strategic plan is close to completion for the district. Superintendent Patrick Twomey said the district has spent about a year-and-a-half working on its vision for "what education can look like here in Macomb."

Advocacy Group Fights for Illinois Public Education

Feb 25, 2015
T.J. Carson

Educators in Illinois hope a large support group can deliver results in Springfield.

The initiative is called Illinois Vision 20/20. It began in 2012 when various education groups in the state came together to set a direction for improving public education.

Rich Egger

The Macomb Board of Education unanimously agreed the nickname “The Bombers” should be use by all schools in the district.

Rich Egger

The contract of Macomb School Superintendent Patrick Twomey is being extended by two years.

The Shift to Technology in the Classroom

May 18, 2014

Schools are changing from the days when teachers stood at the front of the classroom writing lessons on the blackboard.

After months of planning and plenty of public input, the Macomb Board of Education unanimously approved the district’s cost containment plan.

Rich Egger

Macomb School District Superintendent Patrick Twomey has released his recommended cost containment plan to fill a projected $500,000 budget gap for next school year.

The Board of Education’s Finance Committee is recommending Superintendent Patrick Twomey come up with $500,000 worth of cuts and increased revenues for next school year.

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To hold classes or not hold classes.  That is the difficult decision school districts around the region have faced numerous times already this year due to the bitterly cold and snowy conditions.

Rich Egger

Macomb teachers and the school district have a new three year agreement in place.

MEA Ratifies Contract

Jan 17, 2014

Teachers in the Macomb School District are one step closer to having a new contract.

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