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District 87 headquarters
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District 87 officials believe the two-year trend of a shrinking property tax base will end this year, and that could lead to a slight drop in the tax rate.

Anyone who’s lived in Bloomington-Normal has probably wondered the same thing: Why are there two different school districts here, and why is one donut-holed inside the other?

District 87 headquarters
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District 87 plans to use cash reserves to help fill a projected $2 million deficit. The school board approved the $65.6 million spending plan Wednesday night.

Helen Brandon
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Next month the 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year will be chosen from among the 10 finalists.

Jeff Geringer at Bent Elementary
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Kayley Henderson had her first lesson in school safety long before she became a fourth-grade teacher at Bent Elementary in Bloomington. She was a senior at Normal Community High School in 2012 when another student brought a loaded gun into a classroom.

District 87 sign outside Bloomington Junior High School.
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District 87 is looking to fill a vacancy on its school board following Mary Yount’s resignation.

District 87 offices
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Rising costs and a projected drop in revenue are leaving District 87 schools with a projected $2 million deficit for the 2019-20 school year.

District 87 sign outside Bloomington Junior High School.
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District 87 is giving its paraprofessionals pay raises to get them closer to the $15 per hour they will get under the state's minimum wage law in 2025.

District 87 sign outside Bloomington Junior High School.
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District 87's sustainability efforts are getting national attention.

crummy sidewalks
City of Bloomington

Students at Sheridan Elementary in Bloomington will soon have a safer route to school thanks to a $200,000 state grant that will fund new sidewalks.

District 87 sign outside Bloomington Junior High School.
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District 87 plans to alter its budget to cover short-term expenses that the district expects to soon recoup and to provide additional cash flexibility.

District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly
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District 87 is forging ahead with its school calendar and plans to implement alternative learning days, despite possible changes from impending state legislation.

Mark Daniel
Staff / WGLT

School districts increasingly use e-learning days to allow students to complete their schoolwork from home when the weather’s bad.

Derrell Hibbler, Lardarius Caroll and Tiquan Hamer.
Bloomington Police Department

Police have arrested three Bloomington men in connection with a shots fired incident on Tuesday which led to the temporary lockdown of a nearby grade school.

Police Car Lights
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Bloomington Police say one person has been taken into custody following a report of a possible armed subject east of downtown on Tuesday afternoon.

Eva Jones
McLean County Museum of History

Nearly a half-century ago, a woman named Eva Jones made history.

District 87 school board members meet
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Bloomington’s District 87 approved new pay rates for substitute teachers, just one week after Unit 5 took similar action.

Lacrosse player makes a move
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Local lacrosse players will have to wait at least another year for a new cooperative team between Unit 5 and District 87 high schools.

District 87
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Eastland Mall’s big drop in its property tax bill could wipe out any tax cut that property owners in District 87 might have been getting.

Center for Human Services
Center for Human Services

McLean County has limited access to child psychiatrists. If youths in need are lucky enough to find one, they are often placed on a seemingly endless waitlist. Those who aren’t so lucky are often referred to a doctor outside of the county, and yes, another wait list.

Tim Moore
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Bloomington High School is starting a pilot program to help students better connect with their teachers in ways to help them stay on track with their academics.

Prairieland Elementary School
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Illinois' new school report card shows three Unit 5 junior high schools and one elementary school are underperforming, while three of the district’s grade schools received high marks.

Barry Reilly
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District 87 plans to inch its tax levy upward this year, projecting a rosy outlook for property growth in the community.

District 87 sign outside Bloomington Junior High School.
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District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly said it was eye-opening to see how bad Illinois' teacher shortage is and could become.

District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly
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District 87's superintendent said the new higher limit on school board member expenses is not directly connected with last year's pricey trip to a conference in Chicago.

School board meeting
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District 87's final budget approved Wednesday night shows increased revenue in the education fund due to the state's new evidence-based funding model for K-12 schools.

Oakland Elementary students run around the gym
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Students at one Bloomington grade school are getting a healthy start to the day.

doors to a big room opening in the middle of the windowed expanse
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Bloomington High School has cut the ribbon for its fine arts wing expansion and renovation.

District 87 School Board
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District 87 school board members were treated at their regular meeting on Wednesday night to a parade of students and educators who came to thank them for completion of two of the biggest renovations Bloomington High School has seen in years.

Rauner and Janus in D.C.
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If you’re wondering how teachers unions will survive after the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, consider Bloomington’s District 87 as a test case.

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