ELITE Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer

Dec 20, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Gym-goers getting a lunch hour workout Wed. were treated to the sweet-sounding harmonies of carolers.  

Lincoln K-8 Starts School Year On Better Footing

Aug 29, 2016
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Students who returned to Lincoln K-8 School this month entered a drastically different environment, compared to last year.

Peoria District 150 allocated about $270,000 to implement the ELITE program at Lincoln last fall. That change, among others, is helping turn things around.

ELITE founder Carl Cannon says he and his colleagues were shocked by what they saw when they arrived at Lincoln last year. The scene was so chaotic, he called it a “Hollywood” School.

ELITE delivers upbeat presentation to District 150 board

Feb 24, 2016
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The program that aims to improve student behavior in District 150 presented some promising findings to the school board this week.

ELITE implemented its “school within a school” concept in Lincoln School and Harrison Community Learning Center  in December.

Two months later, both programs have seen significant changes in student behavior and academic performance. On the NWEA tests, 11 out of 15  students at Harrison and 12 out of 15 students at Lincoln improved reading scores. 

District 150 drafts plan to better monitor spending, travel

Aug 10, 2015

The Peoria Public School board is drafting a policy that would change how purchases and employee travel are approved. The move comes as some board members express concern over recent trips to out-of-state conferences.

The policy would require varying levels of consent for purchases, depending on the size of the expenditure being written off. Board member Rick Cloyd calls the draft “a cleanup” of how the district’s purchases are currently reviewed and carried out.

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The District 150 school board added several hundred thousand dollars back into its budget for 2016. The move comes as the district grapples with a 13 million dollar deficit.

Dozens of District 150 parents turned out in support of a behavioral program at two schools during last night’s board meeting.  The school board is considering whether to cut the ELITE program:

ELITE Re-Entry Program graduates 5th class

Sep 11, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A program that aims to help ex-offenders get jobs and stay out of prison graduated its fifth class Thursday. 14 people successfully got through the summer session of the ELITE Re-Entry program. The graduation ceremony took place at the Federal Court House with a speech from Judge Joe Billy McDade, a certificate presentation and music.

Homeless student number jumps in District 150

Mar 25, 2013

The number of reported homeless students in District 150 jumped 50-percent compared to last academic year.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports:   

 District 150 gets federal and state funding to support the number of students without a regular residence.  422 students were counted as homeless last school year.  That number jumped to 635 this year.  York Powers is the District 150 Family and Community coordinator.  He says the increase is partly the result of the economy: