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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.

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

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.

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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Members of the Macomb Education Association used the “Work to the Rule” strategy Monday as their contract stalemate with the district drags on.

Rich Egger

Representatives from the Macomb School District and the Macomb Education Association held an informal meeting Wednesday night as they try to reach agreement on a new contract.

Rich Egger

Both the Macomb School District and the Macomb Education Association said they have issued their “best and final” contract offers.

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The Macomb School District has declared that contract talks with the Macomb Education Association have reached an impasse.

Rich Egger

There is a lot of talk in the contract stalemate between the Macomb School District and teachers. However, none of it’s happening at the bargaining table.

Rich Egger

The Macomb School District asked for – and received – plenty of community input to help close a budget gap for next year.

Rich Egger

Plans to start a new athletic conference in western Illinois will be delayed by at least a year.

Rich Egger

The Macomb School District will hold a pair of community forums this fall as it grapples with a budget shortfall.

Rich Egger

Dr Patrick Twomey feels he was well prepared when he took over as the head of Macomb School District 185 on July 1.

Rich Egger

The new Macomb School District 185 superintendent won’t wait long to begin work.

Dr Patrick Twomey will start in Macomb on May 1 as assistant superintendent before becoming superintendent on July 1. Twomey said this will allow him to work with retiring Superintendent Dr Alene Reuschel.

“This will give us an opportunity professionally to spend a little bit of time together during that transition time to make it as smooth as possible, which will do nothing but benefit the kids of the district,” said Twomey.

Rich Egger

The three finalists to be Macomb’s next school superintendent have all been to town for interviews with the Board of Education, staff, and the community. Now it’s up to the board to decide who will be the district’s next leader.

Rich Egger

The three remaining candidates for Macomb School District 185 superintendent will return to town before the end of the month for second round interviews.

Each will also participate in a public forum. Each of those forums will begin at 5:30 pm at the Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 East Jackson St in Macomb.

The schedule is:

Thursday, January 24 – Dr Chet Lien

Monday, January 28 – Dr Patrick Twomey

Wednesday, January 30 – Dr Chad Allaman

Each forum is scheduled to conclude at 6:45 pm.

Rich Egger

The finalists for Macomb School District superintendent are all currently superintendents in Illinois:

  • Dr Chad Allaman is with Central Elementary School District 51 in Washington
  • Dr Chet Lien is Rockridge Community Unit School District 300 in Taylor Ridge
  • Dr Patrick Twomey is with Havana Community Unit School District 126 in Havana

Twomey once worked for the Macomb district. He was high school principal before leaving for Havana in 2007.