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McLean County Unit 5 School Board Member Joseph Cleary announced his resignation from the board at Wednesday’s meeting.

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It's taken just two years for a new program at Normal Community High School to blossom into becoming one of the best in the state.

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2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion Karthik Nemmani lists his home as McKinney, Texas. Until last year, though, he lived in Bloomington-Normal.

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The Unit 5 school board discussed Wednesday how its schools are taking the next step in introducing a new approach to grading in the district.

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Additional security measures will be in place Thursday at Normal West high school after a threatening note was found in a boys’ restroom.

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The Unit 5 school district and the union representing its teachers have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement.

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Unit 5 school board member David Fortner said Wednesday he wants to do away with Columbus Day.

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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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An online prank that caused the term "shooting range" to pop up when you Googled a local high school has now been removed.

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With tears, a moment of silence and the release of pale blue balloons into a nearly cloudless sky, members of the Normal West high school softball team paid tribute to Olivia Sonetz on Thursday.

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Like so many in Bloomington-Normal, Unit 5’s school board is looking to save money its Internet service.

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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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Both Unit 5 high schools now have new head football coaches.

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Agreements that ended a long-running property tax dispute involving student apartments and Unit 5 schools have left other taxing bodies with lots of questions.

Libraries have been a staple for knowledge for thousands of years, but in Bloomington-Normal some schoolchildren have yet to take that first step—their very own library card.

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Ellie Diggins and her friends can’t drive a car. They can’t vote. They’re not even in high school yet. But they want to influence the public debate over gun violence.

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Plans are taking shape for Bloomington-Normal high schoolers to participate in a national walkout movement this month aimed at curbing gun violence in schools.

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The Unit 5 school board on Wednesday approved Nathan Fincham as the new Normal West high school football coach. But the action came with concerns voiced by the public.

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Unit 5 School Board President Jim Hayek will resign from his position at the end of May.

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Normal West high school's new head football coach isn't so new.

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A decade ago, Trevor Tucci was 8 years old, making waves with his Redbird Swim Club teammates.

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A 17-year-old driver was ticketed for allegedly disregarding a stop sign last week and crashing into a school bus, sending three kids in the bus to the hospital with minor injuries.

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Unit 5 officials are not thrilled with Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to shift pension costs from the state to local school districts.

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The Unit 5 school board on Wednesday voted to renew its contract with First Student for two years, with some board members saying the bus vendor has restored their faith in the company.

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UPDATED 2:30 p.m. | Players, parents, and boosters packed the Unit 5 school board meeting Wednesday, demanding to know why the Normal West football coach resigned and denying allegations that money was improperly routed to his assistant coaches.

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The Normal Town Council signed off Tuesday on an agreement with Young America Realty and other local apartment owners that will resolve a long-running dispute over property taxes.

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The Unit 5 school board accepted a settlement Wednesday to resolve a long-running property tax dispute with Young America.

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Unit 5’s two high school marching bands will merge into one competitive group next year.

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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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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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