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Before/after school program coming to Bradford thanks to grant

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Superintendent Dr. Ellin Lotspeich introduced Kirstin Scott to the board during their February meeting.  Scott will be assigned to the school for a before and after school program being funded by a federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to the Regional Office of Education.  The before school program will include a breakfast and homework and tutoring help.  The after school program will also include homework/tutoring along with physical activity times and special interest sessions in areas such as crafts, science, gardening, drama and technology.
Lotspeich also thanked the family of Bob Fisher for thinking of the school in directing memorials to the Bradford Grade School to be used by teachers for the purchase of classroom supplies.
The district received a $750 grant for the district’s libraries from the  office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

SC Schools discuss cost saving options

The Stark County School Board discussed a number of cost saving and revenue enhancing measures recommended by the superintendent. There is a  current deficit budget and the potential for another deficit budget next year. 
Some items discussed as possibilities included:  Increasing various fees and athletic ticket prices, Freezing non-essential spending, Pursuing a lower cost water treatment option for the boilers, Freezing the textbook rotation, Freezing principal’s budgets, Reducing extracurricular trips, Reducing professional development for board and staff, Bidding out property/casualty insurance, etc. 

Rynearson has charge reclassified to lower felony

A Kewanee man, Anthony E. Rynearson, 38, listened in Stark County Circuit Court Friday that State’s Attorney James D. Owens has reclassified the felony charge against him from Class 3 to Class 2, a less severe felony.
As a result, Rynearson now faces a maximum penalty of two to five years in prison, a $25,000 fine and one year of parole.

Beard given multiple year prison term

Thirteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections is what Circuit Judge Michael P. McCuskey handed down as Robert L. Beard’s sentence for numerous burglaries.
Beard, 32, of Toulon was given the maximum number of years called for under a joint county negotiated plea deal, and matched what State’s Attorney James D. Owens suggested for six burglaries of businesses in Stark County.  There also was a count (each) of attempted burglary and possessing a stolen debit card of another person from Stark County.

Hawley claims private counsel to be hired

Peter A. Hawley, 37, of Wyoming made a first appearance Friday before Circuit Judge Michael P. McCuskey without counsel.
Hawley said he was employed by Rumbold and Kuhn when McCuskey inquired if he was employed and able to hire private counsel.