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Jim Acklin first announced his retirement from St. Joseph-Ogden High School in 2013.
Two years later, after serving as interim superintendent, Acklin cleaned out his office and walked out the door of the school he has devoted more than 35 years to.
On June 23, when he left SJO for the last time, he did so quietly.
Teachers and administrators in the Prairieview-Ogden district learned how defend themselves on March 13.
The district had Casey Fuller of Team USA SAFESPORT teach the group how to use pepper spray to defend themselves against attackers.
Superintendent Vic White said he felt Fuller was more than qualified to teach the class.
The Heritage School board voted to reduce in force four teachers last Monday night and reduce the workload of another.
The board approved a reduction in force of second grade teacher Carly Shonkwiler, middle school social studies teacher Kit Brown and Chapter I reading teacher Jennifer Stemle.
St. Joseph-Ogden High School athletics are going to change the way they fundraise.
Assistant Principal Brady Smith said instead of each athletic program running their own fundraiser the athletic department as a whole will be fundraising.
On Jan. 12 the St. Joseph-Ogden Board of Education voted to suspend the expulsion of a student that was found to have had an AR-15 rifle, seven boxes of ammunition, two shotguns and shotgun shells in his truck in the school parking lot on Dec. 17.
St. Joseph-Ogden High School has hired a new principal.
At the Feb. 23 board meeting the board of education hired Gary Page, the current principal at Cerro Gordo High School.
Page will replace current Principal Brian Brooks who will take over as superintendent on July 1.
Page was named principal of Cerro Gordo High School on April 17, 2013.
By NORA MABERRY-DANIELS
St. Joseph-Ogden High School wants to keep its parents informed in their decision making processes.
Because of that they sent a letter home in October detailing the process the district goes through regarding cancelling school.
For the second day in a row St. Joseph-Ogden High School students were in school while many of their local counterparts were not because of cold temperatures.
The high school opted for a one-hour delayed start on Jan. 8.
Bus pickups were done one hour later than normal with school starting at 9:15 a.m., Superintendent Jim Acklin said.
Please dress warmly and drive safely.
That was part of the message St. Joseph-Ogden High School students, staff and parents received on the night of Jan. 6.
SJO was one of the few local schools that decided to have school on Jan. 7 when wind chill values were expected to dip to 30 below.
The Villa Grove School District has announced that school will be canceled on Jan. 7 due to "extremely low temperatures." The district said the cancellation was due to wind chills predicted to be as low as 30 degrees below zero and with frostbite possible in as little as 15 minutes.