Bradford Dist. #1 discussing tuition rate with high schools

bradfordBradford District Superintendent Dr. Elin Lotspeich told the school board at their October meeting that she will be attending the board meetings of the three districts where Bradford sends high school students.  She is attending their meeting at the instruction of the board to discuss the way tuition rates are figured.  Lotspeich has researched deactivated districts in the state and found that there are three ways that tuition is being figured.  Only one other district pays tuition based on the formula that is used for Bradford students.

The board recognized studentS of the month for August; Isaac Stahl, Jacob Reay and Elexie Barks, for September; Nicholas Bosh, Abby Wall and Maile Abella.  They also recognized the Junior High Student Council and National Junior High Honor Society for the month’s activities of Cancer Awareness Week, Red Ribbon Week and Bullying Month.

Meakers seek granddaughters’ guardianship

toulonRita and Ken Meaker, of Toulon, updated Circuit Judge Thomas A. Keith concerning their temporary custody of their two granddaughters, ages 2 and 3-years-old.  This occurred Friday during a permanency review hearing in Stark County Circuit Court.
The Meakers were granted temporary custody of their two granddaughters on March 12 of this year, according to court records.  The custody is being supervised by the Bethany Agency for Children and Families, of Moline, Illinois, which is contracted by the Department of Children and Family Services.

Investors vote, Toulon grocery store to be rebuilt


 Thirty shareholders in Stark County Ventures, LLC attended a meeting at the State Bank of Toulon this past Thursday and voted unanimously to proceed to rebuild the Toulon grocery store.
Peoria architect Mark Ackerman presented the shareholders with design sketches of the exterior and interior of the project, which will cost between $420,000-470,000.


High School Gym to be named for Mr. Buchert

The Stark County School Board voted unanimously at their October meeting to rename the gym at the high school the “Glenn Buchert Gymnasium”.  
A special committee had been established at the September meeting to discuss the request by numerous members of the community and previous students of the teacher.  Board member Skip Turnbull chaired the committee and reported on the discussion of the meeting.  Turnbull read the recommendation to the board, “In order to pay tribute to Mr. Glenn Buchert for his years of service and selfless devotion to the students of the Stark County community as a teacher, sponsor and counselor, we are recommending that the high school gym be renamed the “Glenn Buchert Gymnasium.”

Pin Oak issue continues for Wyoming Council

wyomingAfter learning that the city engineers of Snarr Giffin and Associates would be dissolving their business, the Wyoming City Council heard from and hired Farnsworth Group at a special meeting in September.  Engineers Gary Davis and Justin Reeise from the company addressed the council at their regular October meeting giving them an update on the projects currently in the works.
They also discussed the wastewater treatment seasonal disinfection requirements and how to proceed with requirements of the Illinois EPA.  Farnsworth will be making contact with the EPA to find out what options there are for a city the size of Wyoming.
The council reviewed two quotes received for a new Stihl HT131 Telescoping Pole Saw.  After reviewing the bids, the council approved purchasing the item from Bartonville Hardware Company at a cost of $580.