Hancock County is applying for a $125,000 grant to write a comprehensive plan. The federal government set the money aside for 41 counties in Illinois that were declared disaster areas after the flood of 2008.
The state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is administering the $6 million grant pool.
The Western Illinois Regional Council is writing the grant application at no cost. Executive Director Suzan Nash said the plan would dovetail with recent efforts to spur the county's economy.
Principal Ryan Horner says the Revere C-3 School District has been around for more than 85 years. He says it was a K-12 district until 2002 when the high school consolidated with the Clark County R-1 School District.
Revere C-3 currently serves about 18 K-8 students. Horner says that number was at 29 earlier this year, but families left the district for a variety of reasons.
There is currently no one enrolled in kindergarten or fifth grade.
Next school year will be a year of transition for Illinois districts. Many will complete the transition to new Common Core standards adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Macomb Superintendent Alene Reuschel said the change makes professional development more urgent for teachers.
She said, “Schools traditionally have their own kickoff meetings but this time we're going to come together as an education community. And because we're all facing many of the same challenges, especially in the Common Core.”
The trial of former Macomb High School teacher and boys basketball coach Daniel Watson will not take place until the last week of May. He is charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and a count of official misconduct related to an alleged relationship with a student who was 17 years old at the time. He faces another charge of official misconduct for alleged public indecency on school grounds.