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Judge orders Belleville school board to review teacher’s firing

A former Belleville IL teacher, who was fired for alleged sexual harassment of a coworker, wants his job back in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO. James “Jim” Watkins’ attorneys filed a complaint in 2016, asking a St. Clair County IL circuit judge to review the Harmony-Emge District 175 Board of Education’s decision to dismiss him, as well as a state hearing officer’s recommendation to affirm the board’s decision.

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She drew a trumpeter swan and now it’s published in a book

Alexis Geluck, a fourth-grader at Smithton Elementary School in Smithton, IL, had her drawing of a trumpeter swan chosen to be included in the 2017 Bonkers for Birds: A bird book by kids for kids. Bonkers for Birds is an annual project of the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, IL. Alexis previously attended Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School in Belleville, IL, in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

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Belleville school board could consider changes to bus service in April

Belleville District 118 officials will have a proposal at the April 18 school board meeting for possible changes to school bus services for board members to consider. Among the options are offering the service itself — along with Belleville District 201 in Belleville IL — extending its current transportation contract or hearing proposals from other bus companies in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO.

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SWIC freshman helps preserve history for Girl Scout Gold Award

Hannah Groetecke of Granite City IL learned the importance of volunteering during her community service project for her Girl Scout Gold Award. Hannah, a freshman at Southwestern Illinois College, helped organize an effort to make much-needed repairs to the Old Six Mile Museum, which preserves the history of Granite City, a city in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

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Belleville district still negotiating on future school bus service options

On Monday night, Belleville District 201 officials updated the school board on the options being considered for future school bus services, including extending its current contract with First Student, Inc., offering the service itself — possibly along with District 118 in Belleville IL — or putting the service out for a formal bid to hear from other transportation companies in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO.

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Heading to college? Here’s a list of scholarships with upcoming deadlines

Deadlines are approaching for a number of scholarships available to high school and college students in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO from Madison County sheriff, Millstadt Civic Club and Optimist Club, Rotary International District 6510, Turkey Hill Grange, Racial Harmony, Auxiliary of Anderson Hospital and Great River Workforce Development Corporation, Inc.

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Here’s what some O’Fallon school board candidates want voters to know

Candidates for O’Fallon IL District 90 and District 203 school boards in the April 4 2017 election in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO said what they wanted the public to know about them at a City Hall candidates forum on March 16 2017. Among the issues discussed were the school facilities sales tax referendum in St. Clair County IL, financial troubles and budget cuts.

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SIUE implements reverse transfer credit program with L&C

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Lewis and Clark Community College, both in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, have established a reverse transfer agreement called the Reverse Transfer Credit Program, what will help SIUE students who transfer from Lewis and Clark to transfer credits back to Lewis and Clark in order to help them earn their associate degree from Lewis and Clark as well as the bachelor’s degree they seek from SIUE.

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Local college students create firearms-practice targets for sheriff’s department

St. Clair County IL sheriff’s deputies and corrections officers will benefit from three dozen firearms-practice targets made by instructors and students in the technical education department at Southwestern Illinois College campus in Granite City IL, which is located in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook has named Denise Cobb as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

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District 118 superintendent talks how sales tax revenue would be used

On April 4, voters in St. Clair County IL and Madison County IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO will decide whether they support a 1 percent, or penny per dollar, sales tax increase for school facilities. How would metro-east school districts use the new tax revenue?
dholtmann@bnd.com
District 118 superintendent talks how sales tax revenue would be used 1:25

District 118 superintendent talks how sales tax revenue would be used

O'Fallon high school students protest District 203 budget cuts 3:46

O'Fallon high school students protest District 203 budget cuts

Teachers union president reacts to school district's plan to reduce deficit 5:06

Teachers union president reacts to school district's plan to reduce deficit

Belle Valley 119 superintendent retiring at end of school year 1:26

Belle Valley 119 superintendent retiring at end of school year