Education

Parents seek changes in sports co-op

Villa Grove parents asked for changes to the high school sports cooperative agreement with Heritage during a series of three roundtable discussions held over the last three months with Villa Grove Superintendent Mary Ann Manos.

Among the recommendations Manos heard:

— Revise the "no-cut" practice to allow coaches to structure team numbers more effectively.


Administrators support resource officers in schools

St. Joseph-Ogden High School, Prairieview-Ogden and St. Joseph Grade School and Middle School recently approved the contract for their student resource officer.

Sheriff's Deputy Alicia Maxey splits her time between the three districts.

SJO pays 70 percent of her contract because she spends the majority of her time at the school.


Cell phone policy could change at Heritage schools

Students in the Heritage district may be allowed to have their cell phones in class.

The district is discussing allowing students to have their cell phones during lunch periods, it was announced during the May meeting.

In the future, students may be able to have their phones in class.


Library holds animal safety event

In 2013, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana handled nearly 180,000 cases about pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances.

Topping the list for the sixth year in a row are prescription human medications.

ASPCA worker Sam Wright said that it is very easy for animals to ingest human medication.


SJO seeking to raise funds for new scoreboard

St. Joseph-Ogden  High School could get a new scoreboard at the Spartans' football field.

The current scoreboard is at least 40 years old and began malfunctioning during football season last year.

Superintendent Jim Acklin said scoreboards can range in cost between $50,000 and $90,000.


Emergency agency grants school $25 million for safety projects

Todd Pence hopes no school district ever has to deal with an incident like the Columbine, Sandy Hook or Virginia Tech school shootings.

But starting next year, the St. Joseph schools chief and his staff plan to be armed with a new tool to rapidly alert each other and law enforcement in case of an emergency situation — all from the palm of their hand.


SJO graduation sold out

St. Joseph-Ogden High School is changing the way it handles graduation tickets.

Each graduating student was given 10 tickets, Principal Brian Brooks said.

Families were then able to request as many extra tickets as needed.


SJO looking at leaving lunch program

St. Joseph-Ogden High School's cafeteria may look different next year.

Unless the district opts out of the national school lunch program.

"New federal guidelines that take effect next year will not allow us to sell many of the a la carte items that we currently offer," said Superintendent Jim Acklin.


'Think before you hit send'

Praireview-Ogden Junior High students learned about responsible social media use last Friday.

Dan Bolsen, a University of Illinois Academic Counseling Graduate Assistant, spoke at PVO Junior High to tell students about the power of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.


District school board making more cuts to combat lower revenue

 In front of an audience of around 15 teachers and parents at their March  meeting, the St. Joseph Community Consolidated School District board made several decisions about the 2014-15 school year.

The board awarded two new bus leases to Midwest Transit: one replacing the expiring lease on Bus 19 and one entering into a new lease using Bus 15 as a trade-in.


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