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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.

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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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Classrooms might not be quite so crowded in Bloomington-Normal public schools this year.

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Bloomington High School (BHS) welcomed this year’s freshman class Monday with a cookout and game day.

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Editor's note: This is Part 4 of GLT’s Skipping School, a special series about the teacher shortage facing Illinois schools. You can also read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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UPDATED 12:25 p.m. | District 87’s superintendent delivered a pointed message to Bloomington aldermen Tuesday night: Think twice before using property taxes to lure economic development.

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The state of Illinois will finally begin sending local school districts more than $350 million dollars to equalize school funding.

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Hundreds of Bloomington-Normal students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday to demand that lawmakers act to stop gun violence in schools.

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It’s not just new businesses like Brandt Industries that are looking to cut their property tax bill.

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Teachers from Unit 5’s high schools are asking the school board to declare the district a welcoming environment for immigrant students and teachers.

Barry Reilly
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A retired Unit 5 school district educator recently called for more aggressive efforts to hire minority teachers in Bloomington-Normal.

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The bid for the artificial turf at the Bloomington High School field has come in about $100,000 under the estimate.

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No parent wants to hear that their kid’s school has lead in its water, because no amount of lead exposure is safe for young children. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to panic.

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The District 87 school board has approved a new budget.

Lead Levels Flagged In Sinks At Six Unit 5 Schools

Sep 19, 2017
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Lead levels that surpass state guidelines have been found in six Unit 5 elementary schools.

District 87 notified parents this week that elevated lead levels were found in possible drinking-water sources at four of its elementary schools.

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The state has not made its first general aid payment of the budget year to District 87. The missing money totals nearly $500,000.

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Most of us remember what it was like as a kid on that first day of school. Your backpack is full of fresh school supplies. The way that giant box of crayons smells when you open it for the first time.

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Unit 5 in Bloomington-Normal has enough money to stay open around 70 days this coming school year—maybe less—if lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner can’t reach an agreement on school funding.

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District 87 Schools in Bloomington have loaned the area vocational education program close to a quarter million dollars.

District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly said it's a shame that's necessary because of the state budget deadlock. Reilly also said District 87's interest rates are climbing because the state bonds are near junk status.

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District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly calls the news absolutely deplorable that there is a web site that offers trading of nude photos purportedly of Bloomington High School students.

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Students at Bloomington High School are helping children with special needs enjoy their time at the early childhood preschool unit in Sarah Raymond School.

The District 87 School Board is praising two freshman for remodeling small battery powered vehicles, so kids with disabilities can drive at a walking pace. Student Reed Shoemaker said the process was a challenge, but rewarding.

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The District 87 School Board will be under new leadership.

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District 87 Schools are planning a fine arts addition to Bloomington High School.

This will allow construction of a new band room, renovation of the old band room into the new orchestra room, refresh the chorus room, and create a kind of fine arts annex, since the drama area and the auditorium are nearby.

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District 87 schools Superintendent Barry Reilly said he could not be more proud of the success stories from Bloomington High School students. 

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State Senator Andy Manar says everyone could benefit if Illinois has great equity among school districts. 

During a stop in Bloomington Wednesday night, the Bunker Hill Democrat said the state is harming individuals today by having the least equitable state in the country.

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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.

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