The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

February 22, 2013

District gets grant to buy 2 buses

HOOPESTON — Mark Eighner, transportation and grounds director, announced the school district has received a $50,000 EPA grant to purchase two school buses for $25,000 each.

Advertisement for bids for one diesel and one propane bus for the district will run for two weeks in the local newspapers, Eighner said, beginning Feb. 27.

“Hopefully the committee will have a recommendation to purchase two new buses at the next meeting,” Eighner said at the Hoopeston School Board meeting Thursday night.

Eighner gave credit to Rod Comstock and Tim Walsh for seeking and researching available grants for the buses, then writing the EPA grant. Only 30 schools were approved to receive the grant, Eighner said, and Hoopeston was one.

In other business, the board:

  • Unanimously approved the 2013 Summer Migrant Application for $81,993 and the advertisement for bids for the purchase of two school buses.
  • Learned the Tri-Party Deactivation Agreement for 2013-14 had been completed between Rossville-Alvin, Bismarck-Henning and Hoopeston Area School districts for one year.
  • Learned the bullying policy would be presented at the next meeting.
  • Learned a board/administration retreat would be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 28.
  • Learned that Maple Grade School had raised more than $4,000 for the American Heart Association during its annual Jump Rope for Heart.
  • Learned the state of Illinois is changing the scoring system in the ISAT test. The state determined the expectation for students in grades 3-8 were too low and were aligning the scores to focus on success in college and the work force. The new ISAT cut scores will be lower than the current scores.

“It (scores) doesn’t reflect any less learning,” John Greer Principal Dan Walder said. “It reflects a different grading scale.”

  • Heard presentations on work done from the community liaison, curriculum coordinator and the RTI coordinator.
  • Approved unanimously the employment of all building principals for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Approved the retirements of Richard Sollars and Gail Lithgow at the end of the 2012-13 school year and the transfer of Lucy Overlander from part-time personal aide to full-time personal aide for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.
  • Approved the resignation of Nathanial Albaugh, high school wrestling coach, effective immediately, and the resignation of Jenny Maurer, Maple kindergarten teacher, at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

What’s next

The Hoopeston School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 21 in the Hoopeston High School library.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Health Overhaul Subsi_Morr.jpg Courts split on health law clash WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.But the split rulings don’t necess

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Robbery suspect gets 13 years DANVILLE — A man accused of robbing the Oakwood adult book store earlier this year was sentenced Monday to prison.Joel Frazier, 28, of Danville, appeared in Vermilion County Circuit Court on Monday on three separate cases. He was sentenced to a total

    July 23, 2014

  • Police Report Incidents reported to police include:DanvilleFriday:Theft in the 1100 block of Meadow Street.Saturday:Theft in the 800 block of East Madison Street.SaturdayCriminal damage, attempted battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm in the 500 block of S

    July 23, 2014

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls:Monday, 9:59-11:05 a.m. — A natural gas leak at 22 S. Kansas Ave.Monday, 12:36-12:47 p.m. — A medical call in the 1200 block of Cleveland Street.Monday, 1:52-2:58 p.m. — A natural gas leak at 22 S. Kansas

    July 23, 2014

  • State's attorney drops murder charges DANVILLE — Murder charges filed against a Danville man were dropped Monday during Vermilion County Circuit Court proceedings.The Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s Office motioned to drop the charges of first-degree murder filed against Edward Woodf

    July 23, 2014

  • Learn about photos

    July 22, 2014

  • DEATH NOTICES These obituaries were received by 7 p.m. Tuesday: DANVILLE

    July 22, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    July 22, 2014

  • Covington appreciates volunteer work

    City council members heard thanks Monday from street superintendent Rick Smith to Jared Brothers and the Stringtown Church of God youth group. The youth group has been helping the city street department for several summers with various odd jobs.

    July 22, 2014

  • Fire Reports Firefighters responded to the following calls: Friday, 11:18-11:42 a.m. — A broken sprinkler head at 75 Walz Creek.Friday, 12:23-12:38 p.m. — A natural gas leak at 13 S. Kansas St.Friday, 1:18-1:30 p.m. — A trash can on fire at 21 N. Vermilion S

    July 22, 2014

E-edition
Spring 2014 Photos


Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City
NDN Video
Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Must Read