Macomb, IL – The Hancock-McDonough County Regional Superintendent of Schools plans to retire at the end of this month. Robert Baumann says after 15 years in the elective office, it's time for something different. Baumann has recommended that his assistant superintendent, Gary Eddington, be named to the position. Eddington has held that post for seven years. Baumann says the biggest changes during his term have been the number of school district reorganizations and the state requirements for re-certifying teachers.
Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk School District says it will do more to address rumors and accusations concerning students within its buildings. The School Board approved adding a policy on unverifiable student concerns to the staff handbook for next year. Superintendent Jane Babcock says it will deal with instances when a staff member receives information about a student being involved in a dangerous activity. The measure calls for the staff member to report any information to the principal or the student services staff.
Nauvoo, IL – Nauvoo residents are being asked just how they would like the city to grow. Mayor John McCarty says a survey by the Western Illinois Regional Council is asking residents questions such as where they would like new businesses to go, or how the town's zoning regulations could be changed. He says the answers will be discussed by the town's plan commission before being forwarded to the council. McCarty says the last questionnaires should be complete within a few weeks. However, he says it could take up to 18 months for the council to finish with the comprehensive plan.
Macomb, IL – A couple parts of the former Porcelain Products Company plant in Macomb have already been converted for new uses. The city is now looking at renovating a third portion of the sprawling building. The proposal calls for using the west end of the site for a centralized vehicle maintenance facility for McDonough County Public Transportation. The state is pushing public transportation agencies to centralize their garages and is offering money for them to do so. The federal government is offering even more.
Macomb, IL – The Singing Seniors program at Spoon River College was founded 25 years ago and has been directed by the same person through all those years. But that person is now retiring after many decades in music education. Ruth Parks was 19 when she began her career as a teacher in Michigan during the late 1930s. She eventually moved to western Illinois and spent what she thought were the final 24 years of her teaching career as choral director at Macomb High School.
Macomb, IL – The Schuyler-Industry school district will appeal a decision that transfers more than a dozen of its students and some of its real estate to the Macmb school district. The Hancock-McDonough Regional Board of School Trustees granted the detachment, citing the best interests of the students. Schuyler County Superintendent Matt Plater believes the board overlooked several factors and says a circuit court appeal will be filed within 35 days. Parents seeking the detachment said their children would have better opportunities in the Macomb district.