Debra Rawlings

Thomasboro board weighs full-time water employee versus contracting out

THOMASBORO — The Thomasboro Village Board is considering contracting out operation and maintenance of its water treatment plant.

RTHS taxpayers to get a break

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Township High School board adopted a resolution at its Dec. 10 meeting abating $532,590 in 2018 property taxes that would be otherwise be levied for debt repayment.

Superintendent Scott Amerio explained how abatement works.

Thomasboro board plans for public works vacancy

THOMASBORO — Village trustees have begun the process to plan for the search for a public works superintendent and make arrangements if hiring is delayed.

“That’s one of my worries,” trustee Tony Grilo said, “that on January 1st we’ll have a heavy snow.”

Thomasboro receives 27 applications for village clerk post

THOMASBORO — In an effort to make interviews for village clerk more efficient, Thomasboro Mayor Tyler Evans asked trustees at the Dec. 3 village board meeting what they expected from the new clerk.

“Do we want someone to fill the bare minimum, or do we want to utilize that position beyond the clerk stuff?” Evans asked.

Life skills classroom updated at RTHS

RANTOUL — An easily overlooked renovation completed at Rantoul Township High School during the summer was that of the life skills classroom.

The class was moved down the hall and an up-to-date kitchen and furnishings installed.

RTHS lowers tax rate

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Township High School tax rate is expected to decrease from $2.95 per $100 equalized assessed valuation (EAV) on this year’s property tax bill to $2.70 per $100 EAV on the tax bill that will come out in June.

Thomasboro beefs up its police force; meeting continued

THOMASBORO — The Thomasboro Village Board authorized hiring Blake Carey as part-time police officer at its Nov. 5 meeting as it continues the search for a second part-time officer.

“Any (extra) bit of coverage right now would be helpful,” Mayor Tyler Evans said. “I still feel we need to be looking for additional help.”

RTHS study hall incentive passes

RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School sophomores, juniors and seniors will soon be able to earn some time off from school.

The school board approved an incentive at its Oct. 8 meeting that excuses qualifying students from study hall on Fridays. Study hall meets during the last hour of the day, so students would be able to leave school at 2:30 p.m.

Thomasboro park to be back in the shade

THOMASBORO — The trees removed from Thomasboro’s West Side Park last month will be replaced before winter.

Trustee Dustin Rhodes reported at the Oct. 1 village board meeting that volunteers spent nearly 20 hours over three days to cut down six dead trees and clean up the site. Total cost, for replacement of chain saw parts and repairs, came to about $800.

RTHS study hall incentive proposed

RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School administrators have proposed students who meet grade and attendance criteria be excused from study hall on the last day of the school week.

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