Keokuk, IA – The upcoming school year will be one of new beginnings for the Keokuk Catholic Schools. Even though Cardinal Stritch High School closed its doors, earlier this year, the school will be in use when classes begin next month. Administrator Mike Ellerman says the building will now house 2 seperate schools, Saint Vincent's Elementary and Cardinal Stritch Junior High. Volunteers have spent the summer updating the computer lab and library and removing science labs and other equipment. Ellerman says the future of the former Saint Vincents school building is still up in the air.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk has renewed its longtime bond with a Japanese city. Keokuk mayor Dave Gudgel and the mayor of Kai City, Yoshimaro Fujimaki, signed a new sister cities agreement. Last night's ceremony kicked off the latest exchange between the cities as 15 junior high students and five chaparones, from Kai City, will spend the next few weeks in Keokuk. Keokuk Sister Cities Association founder, Rita Noe, says the program helps the children, from both countries, realize they have more similarities than differences.
Macomb, IL – Another round is underway in the battle between the Schuyler-Industry School District and a group of families hoping to detach from it. The district filed papers in McDonough County Circuit Court in Macomb on Tuesday seeking to overturn a ruling last month by Hancock-McDonough regional school trustees. That ruling allowed the families to detach from the district and instead send their children to Macomb schools. In the court filing, the Schuyler-Industry district says the detachment hearing should have been conducted by Fulton-Schuyler regional school trustees.
Monmouth, IL – A Warren County Board committee is looking into whether the county should try to form a health department. Chairman Gary Heaton says representatives from the city of Monmouth suggested the idea. He says a department could provide up to 30 services to the public. In addition, it would make the county eligible for grants that it cannot now get. Heaton says committee members are surveying other counties to find out the pros and cons. He says the committee will make a report to the county board, which will then decide whether to proceed.
Macomb, IL – For the second week in a row, Macomb aldermen spent a considerable amount of time weighing the pros and cons of a proposed housing complex at South Ward and Piper Streets. Developer Art McManus says the homes would generate about $400,000 in property taxes. But residents of the neighborhood just east of the site are not sold on the idea. They packed the city council chambers again last night to say the development would create too much traffic and too much noise. It would house around 500 people, most of whom would be students.
Hamilton, IL – Hamilton residents have an opportunity to take a closer look at the school district's budget for the upcoming school year. The school board has placed the nearly $5,000,000 spending plan on public display for the next 30 days. Superintendent James Jackson says the education fund, which includes teacher salaries and day-to-day operations, appears to be running in the black. The school district saw an increase in state aid for this fiscal year. Jackson says the budget does not include any major projects for this year.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County office-holders must pass an on-line test on emergency management to avoid jeopardizing some federal grants. Few have done so yet. McDonough County ESDA director Dan Kreps says the test is required because the local officers might have to be in emergency operations center in case of a major incident in the county. He says must make decisions with political ramifications. That could include where cleanup would begin, or who should be evacuated from a dangerous area.