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Music Instructor Jacquelyn Evers said the St. Joseph-Ogden Marching Band faced some challenges this year.
Mainly, their young age.
The band had seven freshman out of 18 members.
"They really did a good job this year," she said. "They rose to the occasion."
Heritage Board of Education has a new board member.
Brian Pondenis, who was elected to a two-year term in April, resigned from the board in September.
Superintendent Tom Davis said Pondenis' work schedule and workload changed significantly since he was elected, so he felt it was best to resign.
The students at Heritage are trying something new for this year's fall drama production.
They are using a graphic novel as their source material.
"Return of the Dapper Men" takes place in Anorev, a land that has no concept or understanding of time because time itself has ceased to exist.
Green energy is nothing knew in the Prairieview-Ogden School District.
There is a wind turbine located at PVO South and solar panels at PVO North and PVO Junior High.
Now, there are solar panels located at PVO South.
An assignment at St. Joseph-Ogden High School has created controversy.
The assignment, given to students in an introduction to social studies class, had students decide which 10 fictional characters would receive life- saving medical treatment.
Critics of the assignment, including a fox news pundit, have said the school district is teaching students about "death panels."
Marianne Dickerson is a success story.
She was the first state champion St. Joseph-Ogden High School ever had when she won the 800-yard run at the 1978 IHSA girls state track meet.
She went on to attend the University of Illinois where she received a bachelors degree in general engineering and a master's degree in industrial and operations engineering.
BY RYAN LATVAITIS
For the Leader
Superintendent Todd Pence revealed the proposed 2013-14 budget for District #169 at August's school board meeting. While the district will run a deficit this year, it also earned awards for thrift and excellence from the Illinois State Board of Education [ISBE].
Some details are still being addressed in the Villa Grove/Heritage co-op.
Currently, the host schools host all the games for their sports. For example, Heritage High School would host all boys basketball games.
The districts are currently discussing having both schools hold some games on the boys basketball schedule.
St. Joseph-Ogden High School's roofing project should be completed by early fall.
Some St. Joseph women are hoping to feed more than 150 students in the St. Joseph Grade school district.
Dana Rowland and Amber Hughes are working with the St. Joseph Grade School PTC and St. Joseph Women's Community Club on Blessings in a Backpack.