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District 87's Superintendent Barry Reilly said Bloomington should maintain staffing levels next school year.

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It is said, not altogether jokingly, that only two things are guaranteed to get a school superintendent fired: trying to kill off a school mascot and school redistricting.

Unit Five in Bloomington-Normal is not trying to change mascots. But it has been roughly five years since the district last drew new school boundaries, and the district is just starting that process again.

Superintendent Mark Daniel said they are beginning the ticklish job of approaching this third rail of education administration.

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Bloomington High School presents the classic musical, Fiddler on the Roof.  Directed by Miranda Buob, herself a graduate of the school, the show is heavy on tradition.

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A new business coming to the Twin Cities is looking to build a partnership with District 87.

Girls celebrating on soccer field
Photo courtesy of Fusion Soccer Club

The head of the Bloomington School District is opposed to a community soccer or multi-sports complex. Such a complex has had on again off again discussion for years.

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By the end of the year, 21 soccer fields on airport-owned land along Ireland Grove Road will be off limits due to FAA regulations and so the debate is ramping up about whether to seize the opportunity and go big, as in a multi-sport complex in one location, or to update existing fields and green space at schools and parks to fill the void. 

Beyond the Books Educational Foundation

Beyond the Books Educational Foundation was founded in 1992 to invite District 87 and Unit 5 educators to apply for grant money in order to fund innovative projects for their students.

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District 87 is working to enhance the quality of education for students from all economic backgrounds. 

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The municipal elections are not the only ones happening.

The filing period began Monday for school board elections.

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The head of the Bloomington School District is thanking State Farm Insurance for a donation of close to a thousand laptop computers.

A State Farm Insurance company gift of about a thousand laptop computers to District 87 fast tracks a number of initiatives.

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About two thousand five hundred students in District 87 schools will be getting city public library cards.

Bloomington Library Director Jeanne Hamilton said sixty five percent of the student body already had cards.

District 87 Schools

There are several reasons the District 87 School Board recently approved a budget with a 1.4-million-dollar deficit in the education fund.

Among them, Superintendent Barry Reilly said, is that even though the state state increased local school funding they took money away in another category.

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School officials are trying to make sure they aren't stung by proposed economic incentives for a $50 million downtown Bloomington hotel project.

The city is studying the feasibility of creating a tax increment financing district, or TIF, where additional property tax revenue in an area is redirected back to the development site instead of going to local taxing bodies.

While District 87 wouldn't be getting any less money than it does now, Superintendent Barry Reilly said the district doesn't want to miss out on that money for the maximum length of a TIF.

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The District 87 School Board has approved issuing annual Reduction In Force notices to eight people. It's part of what has become an annual exercise for many school districts who are legally required to issue layoff notices if they are to avoid guaranteeing a job for the fall.

Education Focus Of Income Inequality Discussion

Feb 29, 2016
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Income inequality is affecting education in K-12 schools. Dr. Frank Beck, who is a Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University says students who worry about issues at home can lose focus in the classroom.

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District 87 Schools are worried that the 23 year TIF District approved by the Bloomington City Council will not, in the end, give them enough benefit for giving up tax growth for that long a period. Superintendent Barry Reilly has said he wishes the duration were less than 23 years, though he acknowledges the city did not need to consult the district before acting.

A TIF District is a development tool which uses the increase in property tax revenue for an area to reinvest in that area. In this case, the money will be used for retail revival in the old K-Mart plaza.

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The age old battle between students and teachers will be played out on the basketball court of Bloomington Junior High next week.  It's all in fun, and in a good cause.

*Lynn Shook, BJHS Vice Principal, says the fundraiser is for Easter Seals.

*The boys and girls basketball team will compete against the staff and teachers, but they'll also get a lesson in giving back to the community.

*In order to be eligible to play, team members are asked to volunteer time at Easter Seal's  Timer Pointe camp.

District 87 Schools

The District 87 school board recently passed a $10 million working cash fund bond to make up for the lack of certainty over money coming from the state. Superintendent Barry Reilly says the interest could be in the neighborhood of $200,000.

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District 87 Schools in Bloomington are seeking candidates for two school board vacancies. The recruitment of quality volunteer leaders is a significant issue for boards and commissions throughout the county. And there is an age problem.

Bloomington School Board Seeks To Fill Vacancies

Jan 13, 2016
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The Disctrict 87 School Board is looking for two new school board members. John Dirks resigned last month. Judith Webster announced her resignation Wednesday. Speaking of Webster, School Board President Jennifer Sedbrook said she has a passion for the arts. "Getting students involved in art and dance and drama and band, she was very committed to that. And that was a voice that was very helpful to have on the board."

District 87

Population loss, economic activity, property values are all elements of the Bloomington Normal community that will change with the looming closure of the Mitsubishi Auto Plant. GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with District 87 School Superintendent Barry Reilly about how he is assessing those variables.

Hear Bloomington Schools Superintendent Barry Reilly talk about the implementation of the high speed wi-fi initiative for low income children in District 87.

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