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On March 18 voters in the Prairieview-Ogden district will be faced with a choice.
The district is asking voters to approve a tax increase.
The district has told voters that the increase on a $120,000 home would equal $160 in new taxes every year.
Volunteers will gather at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on March 8 with one goal.
To feed the hungry.
Church member Susan Goldenstein said the church is hosting a meal packing event with Illini Fighting Hunger.
This event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Changes are coming to the St. Joseph-Ogden physical education department.
The department received a donation from Health Alliance to fund heart monitors for students in every physical education class.
Physical education teacher Kristin Allen approached the company and asked for a donation.
St. Joseph-Ogden Principal Brian Brooks is a little worried.
This spring SJO will be a pilot school for the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test.
"My one concern is I think it's been done way too quick," he said.
When she walked through the halls of Centennial High School in Champaign, Gia Lewis-Smallwood didn't plan on being an Olympian, she told track athletes at St. Joseph-Ogden High School on Feb. 20.
She planned on being a professional basketball player.
St. Joseph-Ogden High School is empowering its students.
In December administrators took part in ALICE training and are now implementing the training in the school.
ALICE is an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. It is not designed to be sequential, but rather give a victim options in an active shooter situation in a public place.
Propane buses might be used to transport Prairieview-Ogden students to and from class in the future.
The school board heard a presentation from a Central States Bus Co. representative about propane buses at its January meeting last week.
The Heritage School District has used all five of their emergency days, Superintendent Tom Davis said.
And then some.
They have used eight emergency days since the start of the school year.
The district has applied for three Act of God waivers, which would enable them to not have to make up the additional days.
The Heritage Music Department will be holding their annual 5K and fun run on March. 15.
The race starts at Homer Village Park at 9 a.m.
"It is a well-managed event," Music Director Justin Lee said. "With an enthusiastic staff and community support. It is a great local race with competitive and recreational runners."
Lee said the group is looking for donations.
By PHILLIP KISUBIKA
For the Leader
It was a time of looking back and looking forward when the St. Joseph Community Consolidated School District board met on Jan. 13.
Board Vice president Lois Hewerdine presided over the meeting in the absence of President Jon Foreman.