Education

Heritage issues nine RIF notices

The Heritage Board of Education voted to RIF eight staff members during the first half of the January board of education meeting.

The board then decided to revisit a ninth RIF after closed session.


Summer trip to take students to D.C.

St. Joseph and Prairieview-Ogden Middle School students have the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C this year.

​Stephanie ​Kinney, an eighth-grade science teacher at St. Joseph Middle School, organizes the trip by working with a company called Worldstrides. She collaborated with Worldstrides at a school where she previously taught.  


Board sets tax levy

The St. Joseph-Ogden School Board passed a 2015 tax levy that will raise property taxes on a $200,000 home by $17.
Superintendent Brian Brooks said the proposed tax rate will be between $2.02 and $2.03.


Football hire expected by February

St. Joseph-Ogden High School could have a new football coach by February.
Superintendent Brian Brooks said the district is on the hunt for a new football coach after Dick Duval submitted his resignation at the December Board of Education meeting.


Property taxes to increase in PVO district

ROYAL — The Prairieview-Ogden school board will raise property taxes by about 5 percent this year.

This year’s extension will be $2,132,873 — up from last year’s levy of $2,031,307.


Heritage to hold forum on Monday to discuss finances

The Heritage School District is going to have to make some changes.

Superintendent Tom Davis said that the state of school funding in Illinois signals tougher times ahead.

The district will be holding a public forum at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Homer Elementary School in order to answer questions regarding the financial situation of the district.


Heritage students travel to Oz

The members of the Drama Club at Heritage High School want community members to follow the yellow brick road as they present the Wizard of Oz on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Heritage High School. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students.


Balloon project featured in video

Last school year students at Prairieview-Ogden Junior High completed a three-year quest to send a helium-filled oversized balloon into the upper atmosphere.

Now those students can relieve the accomplishment.

A seven-minute video has been published on YouTube documenting the project.


Proposed bill would hurt district finances

Prairieview-Ogden does not want bill 318 to become law.

The bill would freeze property taxes for two years while increasing state funding for high-poverty school districts. It would also create a commission to change Illinois’ school funding formula.

Superintendent Vic White said the bill would have devastating effects on PVO.


SJO to educate students about distracted driving

A 30-second video could win St. Joseph-Ogden High School $100,000.

The district is participating in the Celebrate my Drive contest held by State Farm.

The video, which will feature SJO students, will show how the district is educating students and the community about the Drive 2N2 campaign.


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