April 16, 2014
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Tough decisions ahead for District 15
Written by June Conner   

By June Conner
For the Star-Gazette
A special meeting of the District 15 Board of Education Monday night focused on the lack of State Aid's effect on the local school budget. While it seemed the number one target was Brick School, other areas including sports were discussed.

Four chosen to compete in Environmental Protection Agency’s Poster/Prose Contest

Four A-C Central Jr. High sixth graders were chosen to compete in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Poster/Prose Contest. Winners of the Poster Contest were Maggie Merwin and Kyia Privia. Winners of the Prose Contest were Maggie Merwin, Kyia Privia, J.T. Donnan and Kassidy Kirchner. Their projects will be sent in to compete against fifth and sixth graders across the state of Illinois. Pictured L-R: Maggie Merwin, Kyia Privia, J.T. Donnan, Kassidy Kirchner.

BHS selected to participate in 2013-2014 Operation Teen Safe Driving Program

Beardstown High School applied and was selected by the Illinois Department of Transportation and partners to participate in the 2013-2014 Operation Teen Safe Driving (OTSD) program. The statewide safety initiative is designed for teens to educate their peers about driving responsibly in an effort to decrease the number of fatalities and injuries involving teenagers in Illinois.
The high schools statewide selected to participate in this innovative program utilize Ford Motor Company Fund’s nationally recognized Ford Driving Skills for Life program. The selected high schools are equally distributed in seven regions across the state.

Absentee voting in General Primary Election to begin

Michael C. Kirchner, Cass County Clerk, announces that any qualified voter desiring to vote an absentee ballot for the General Primary Election to be held March 18, 2014 may make application to vote, starting February 6, 2014 if:

An open letter to the citizens of Ashland and Chandlerville regarding proposed consolidation

I have agonized over writing this letter regarding the proposed consolidation with PORTA. First, let me state that I am not against consolidation when it becomes absolutely necessary and it is to the advantage of our children. Having made that statement, let me tell you now that it is not absolutely necessary at this time and I see no advantage to the A-C students in this proposed consolidation.