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Negotiations over tax incentives to bring a Canada-based Brandt Industries manufacturing plant to McLean County were unusual in that they included the Unit 5 school superintendent and the county board chair at the table, as well as economic development officials.

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Unit 5’s school board on Monday reluctantly approved around $400,000 in property-tax breaks for a Canadian manufacturer in exchange for the promise of hundreds of new local jobs.

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Brandt Industries expects to bring around 500 jobs to McLean County over the next decade and might even establish its U.S. headquarters in Bloomington-Normal, the company’s president said Monday.

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A Canadian agriculture equipment manufacturer would receive at least $600,000 in property tax breaks over the next 10 years if it brings hundreds of promised new jobs to McLean County, according to a proposed agreement facing its first vote Monday.

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A Canadian agriculture equipment manufacturer is working with local taxing bodies on an incentive package that would bring at least 300 new jobs to McLean County, officials said Saturday.

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Unit 5 schools plan to pursue a property tax levy that will mean almost no change for the owner of an average home in the district.

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Unit 5 may still pursue some parts of a proposed farm-to-school program, but a school board resolution driving the idea has stalled, officials said Tuesday.

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“Robert Michael McKay, 72, of Bloomington, passed away Feb. 7, 2017, at his home.”

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The Unit 5 school board is looking into bringing local food to its school cafeterias.

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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.

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Unit 5 leaders say the school district’s mission is to help each student achieve personal excellence.

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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 Unit 5 school board has approved a 3 percent increase in spending in its next budget, even as it faces an overall deficit.

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

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A cost-cutting move in Unit 5 schools may be paying off in another way for students.

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Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said Wednesday he is cautiously optimistic the school's bus contractor will do better than the start of school last year.

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A plan being floated to steer taxpayer money toward a voucher-like program for families that send their children to private schools is a dangerous step backward toward segregation, Unit 5’s superintendent said Tuesday.

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Will Unit 5’s bus system be ready to go on the first day of school Aug. 16?

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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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The Unit 5 school board and Normal Town Council plan a rare joint meeting Wednesday to share information and possibly set up a new liaison committee.

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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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Unit 5 officials say they will not re-district Bloomington-Normal school boundaries this fall as planned. 

Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said a new demographic study shows only hot spots of enrollment growth and otherwise a slow decline in the number of students in the next decade.

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Unit Five grade school enrollment will go down in Bloomington-Normal and high school enrollment will rise for the next few years.

That's according to a new demographic study presented to Unit Five school board members Wednesday night.

Unit Five Questions Proposed Low Income Housing Location

Jun 13, 2017
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Unit Five Schools has helped postpone a decision on a low-income housing development in southwest Bloomington. The city council is asking for a financial impact study.

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A Special Olympics Illinois athlete has died.

Special Olympics Illinois President and CEO Dave Breen said the athlete suffered a medical emergency during a Summer Games swimming competition.

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A group of Normal Community High School students has tried their hands at breaking the budget deadlock.

A group led by Social Studies teacher Patrick Lawler drove to Springfield to meet with General Assembly members.

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A growing number of school-age children have experienced some form of trauma or emotional difficulty. That often translates into behavioral problems both within the family and at school.

Increasingly, however, schools are attempting to prevent and address those problems through a variety of services, according to Brenda Huber, director of the Psychological Services Center at Illinois State University, and Mark Jontry, regional schools superintendent for McLean, Livingston, Logan and DeWitt counties.

Kingsley Jr. High Dress Code Conversation Grows

May 11, 2017
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Concerned parents want the Unit Five School Board to lighten up on the dress code and focus on what they view as more important issues. 

Kingsley Junior High's Principal recently told parents to curb female clothing, but did not mention male attire in the message.

A group told the school board being an adolescent is already a difficult time and that degrading actions by classmates can make the teenage years even worse.

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How much skin is too much skin to show at school?

That's a question swirling around Kingsley Junior High School in Normal after the principal sent out a dress code edict prohibiting clothing that reveals bare shoulders, bra straps, midriff or cleavage.

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