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Rich Egger

The Macomb School District is one step closer to breaking ground for its new middle school just south of the current junior-senior high school.

Rich Egger

The Macomb School District hoped to receive funding through the state's massive capital bill to help pay for construction of a new middle school. But the state chose to spend its money on other projects.

The Macomb Board of Education has approved an out-of-court settlement in the federal lawsuit against the district.

Rich Egger

Officers on the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees serve one-year terms that run in conjunction with the school's fiscal year, which begins July 1. The same officers who served the past year were elected for another year, though the process of reappointing them demonstrated the deep divisions on the board.

Rich Egger

Superintendent Patrick Twomey said the district hoped to open its new middle school in the fall of 2021. But now it looks like that won't happen.

The Macomb School Board has told Superintendent Patrick Twomey to try again to reach an out-of-court settlement in the federal lawsuit against the district.

Rich Egger

The Macomb Board of Education agreed to grant extra authority to Superintendent Patrick Twomey during the coronavirus pandemic. However, Dr. Twomey must still consult with one of the school board’s officers before taking any action.

The extra authority pertains to a couple areas:

Rich Egger

Macomb School Superintendent Patrick Twomey said the state's new capital bill includes matching grant funding for school construction and maintenance projects. He hopes to take advantage of that grant funding to reduce the district’s financial burden for building a new middle school, which will cost an estimated $19 million.

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Governor J.B. Pritzker appointed Carin Stutz and Patrick Twomey to the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees just a few weeks ago.  Stutz and Twomey filled the seats that became vacant when Pritzker withdrew his nominations of Nick Padgett and Jackie Thompson in July.

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced appointments Monday to fill the two vacancies on the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees.

Rich Egger

After years of studies and planning, the Macomb School District officially announced it will build a new middle school. The school will be built on a nearly nine-acre site just south of the high school. The district is buying the land from Maple Avenue Christian Church for $160,000.

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A group of students in Macomb dressed as the Harlem Globetrotters for a middle school costume party. A couple of the students are African-American while the rest are white.  As you can see in the accompanying photo, they are all wearing Afro wigs – and that's upset some people in the community.

Rich Egger

The state of Illinois just changed its school funding formula to what is called an "evidence-based model." Macomb School Superintendent Patrick Twomey said the new model is helping but it's not nearly enough.

Rich Egger

The Board of Education approved the purchase of an eight-acre site on the south edge of the high school campus.  The district will pay $160,000 to acquire the land from Maple Avenue Christian Church.  The board also agreed to have the district buy the adjoining Youth for Christ house on Maple Avenue for $78,000 plus the cost of demolition.

Rich Egger

The Macomb School District, the city of Macomb, McDonough District Hospital, and the YMCA of McDonough County have talked for several years about building a combination middle school and community center, a project called Community First.  It now looks like the school district is ready to move ahead on construction of a middle school with or without the partners.

Rich Egger

The Board of Education agreed to issue $6 million in Working Cash Bonds to pay for three construction projects.  Superintendent Patrick Twomey said the bond issue will not alter the district's tax rate.

Rich Egger

The superintendent of the Macomb School District told Tri States Public Radio that a new middle school will be built with or without the Community First project.

Rich Egger

An updated strategic plan is close to completion for the district. Superintendent Patrick Twomey said the district has spent about a year-and-a-half working on its vision for "what education can look like here in Macomb."

Advocacy Group Fights for Illinois Public Education

Feb 25, 2015
T.J. Carson

Educators in Illinois hope a large support group can deliver results in Springfield.

The initiative is called Illinois Vision 20/20. It began in 2012 when various education groups in the state came together to set a direction for improving public education.

Rich Egger

The contract of Macomb School Superintendent Patrick Twomey is being extended by two years.

After months of planning and plenty of public input, the Macomb Board of Education unanimously approved the district’s cost containment plan.

Rich Egger

Macomb School District Superintendent Patrick Twomey has released his recommended cost containment plan to fill a projected $500,000 budget gap for next school year.

The Board of Education’s Finance Committee is recommending Superintendent Patrick Twomey come up with $500,000 worth of cuts and increased revenues for next school year.

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To hold classes or not hold classes.  That is the difficult decision school districts around the region have faced numerous times already this year due to the bitterly cold and snowy conditions.

MEA Ratifies Contract

Jan 17, 2014

Teachers in the Macomb School District are one step closer to having a new contract.

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Members of the Macomb Education Association used the “Work to the Rule” strategy Monday as their contract stalemate with the district drags on.

Rich Egger

Representatives from the Macomb School District and the Macomb Education Association held an informal meeting Wednesday night as they try to reach agreement on a new contract.

Rich Egger

Both the Macomb School District and the Macomb Education Association said they have issued their “best and final” contract offers.

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The Macomb School District has declared that contract talks with the Macomb Education Association have reached an impasse.

Rich Egger

There is a lot of talk in the contract stalemate between the Macomb School District and teachers. However, none of it’s happening at the bargaining table.

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