Leading News 2022

In today’s Leading News, Mahomet-Seymour CUSD 3 reaches a contract agreement with its teachers. East Dubuque Unit SD 119 assesses SEL support programs. Districts south and north look to make a career impact. Also in the news, nominations are open for the Burroughs Award for school board member excellence.

Mahomet-Seymour board, employees agree to new contract
Dave Hinton, Champaign News-Gazette, October 5

ED School Board learns about new high school program
Galena Gazette, September 27

Southern Illinois high school students explore construction careers
Les O’Dell, Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, September 27

Districts 211, 214, 220 take lead in state's new college, career preparation program
Eric Peterson, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, September 29

Nominations sought for state’s best school board members
Shaw Local News Network, Sauk Valley News, September 30

In today’s Leading News, buildings and grounds work makes local headlines. Also in the news, read about viewpoints on the November 8 state ballot question on enshrining unions and collective bargaining into the Illinois Constitution.

Alumni get a last look at Maroa-Forsyth building before demolition
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, October 4

'There’s no standing around' for Wethersfield's carpentry students
Dave Clarke, Kewanee Star Courier, October 5

Fake coyotes keep things from getting ugly at Ottawa High School, scare geese away
Michael Urbanec, Ottawa Times, October 4

Maintaining Baldwin Pond a challenge for QPS
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, September 24

'Right to unionize’ amendment on Nov. 8 ballot
Peter Hancock CNI/Edwardsville Intelligencer, October 5

In today’s Leading News, the person who brought a gun to the Dixon High School graduation practice and fired at a teacher SRO in 2017 was sentenced Tuesday on two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. Decatur SD 61 reviews an OMA finding. Champaign CUSD 4 is reworking elementary school enrollment plans. A Bunker Hill CUSD 8 program offers national perspectives. Also in the news, Galena USD 120 student leadership meets with the board of education.

Dixon school shooter gets 30 years, must serve 85%
Kathleen A. Schultz, Sauk Valley News, October 4

Decatur Public Schools reviewing Open Meetings Act violation ruling
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, October 3

The future of Unit 4 elementary selection: 20 things we know (so far)
Jeff D’Alessio, Champaign News-Gazette, October 1

Bunker Hill part of federal education summit
Alton Telegraph, October 3

Student leadership council works to bridge gaps
Murphy Obershaw, Galena Gazette, September 27

In today’s Leading News, funding equity questions continue in Illinois. With coronavirus data reportedly the most favorable in months, school districts anticipate the annual report card with the continuing impacts of COVID. Flanagan-Cornell Unit District 74 is full STEAM ahead. Also in the news, candidates prepare for April’s school board elections.

Illinois criticized over funding equity for low-income schools
Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune, October 3

No Illinois counties at High Community Level for COVID-19
Sean Crawford, NPR Illinois, September 30

Waukegan officials not sure what to expect from post-pandemic state school ratings; ‘I don’t know what these are going to look like’
Steve Sadin, Lake County News-Sun, September 28

Flanagan-Cornell schools STEAM ahead toward career prep
Connor Wood, Bloomingtin Pantagraph, October 1

Coles County school board candidate paperwork available
Rob Stroud, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, September 26

In today’ Leading News, Illinois school districts approve budgets and consider expenses.

Yorkville School District Y115′s budget is growing: Board OKs $91M spending plan
Mark Foster, Kendall County Now, September 30

Bement School Board approves budget
Kevin Barlow, Piatt County Journal Republican, September 28

School board approves FFA travel
Carol Hicks, Danville Commercia News, October 1

Centralia High Board passes balanced budget, talks solar and appoints new board member
WJBD, Salem, September 27

Champaign schools: Boozer gets salary bump, district sells surplus Chromebook carts to Mahomet-Seymour, Urbana
Jeff D’Alessio, Champaign News-Gazette, September 23

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