On wintery school days when it is extremely cold and/or snow is accumulating, school superintendents must decide whether to hold classes or tell children to stay home. Tri States Public Radio talked to the superintendents from the West Prairie, Keokuk, and Macomb school districts to find out what factors into their decisions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."