District 186 dreams big (IllinoisTimes.com, 9/28/17)

Community and students weigh in on improvements Last spring, student representatives from all three high schools were asked for their input on a plan to improve facilities throughout District 186. “They gave some very specific and good, detailed suggestions,” said Superintendent Jennifer Gill, “but at first they had trouble dreaming the dream.” After the students … Read more District 186 dreams big (IllinoisTimes.com, 9/28/17)

30% of Springfield classrooms now have computers for every student (SJ-R.com, 9/20/17)

A total of 250 of the Springfield School District’s 850 classrooms, roughly 30 percent, are now one-to-one, meaning a computer for every student. The influx is part of a five-year technology plan District 186 launched in 2016 to replace aging computers, boost technology at the middle and high schools and improve infrastructure. Superintendent Jennifer Gill … Read more 30% of Springfield classrooms now have computers for every student (SJ-R.com, 9/20/17)

District 186 budget includes $25,000 for Springfield High artificial turf field (SJ-R.com)

A board member says the money is needed to cover pledges to the Booster Club that didn’t come through. Springfield High School’s Booster Club would get $25,000 in District 186′s proposed budget, despite the group and district agreeing four years ago the club would secure all financing for the school’s New Street Athletic Facility. The … Read more District 186 budget includes $25,000 for Springfield High artificial turf field (SJ-R.com)

Bill passes that changes ed funding, adds vouchers, rolls back drivers’ ed, PE (IEANEA.org, 8/29/17)

The Illinois Senate on Tuesday passed a school funding plan that revamps the way schools are funded, but also implements a temporary voucher program and allows districts to ask for fewer physical education classes and hire outside companies for drivers education classes. The bill passed on a 38-13 vote. It will now go to the … Read more Bill passes that changes ed funding, adds vouchers, rolls back drivers’ ed, PE (IEANEA.org, 8/29/17)