Education

Superintendent supports coop

The Heritage School District has began looking at the Villa Grove/Heritage Coop. Superintendent Tom Davis said the future of the athletic and academic partnership with Villa Grove High School was discussed at a recent meeting.
The coop is in its third year and in the first year of a two-year agreement with the IHSA.
Renewal would have to occur by the summer of 2017.


Preparing for the worst

St. Joseph-Ogden sophomore Andrew McDermott found himself zipped into a body bag last Friday.

McDermott was one of five SJO students that participated in a mock accident event at the high school.

“It’s really a serious thing that can happen and has happened before,” McDermott said.


Fan club to give away almost $4,000 in April

The last all-athletic fundraiser drawing will take place on April 29 at
the St. Joseph-Ogden boys track and field Spartan Classic.

The winners of that drawing will walk away with $1,280 each.

So far the fan club has given away $8,960, said Assistant Principal Brady
Smith, after raising close to $64,000.


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.


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