Peoria Public Schools

The Peoria Public Schools board have decided to remove Woodrow Wilson's name from an elementary school and instead honor the area's first black female doctor.

Peoria Stadium Revival Plans Revealed

May 1, 2018
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The aging Peoria Stadium could have new life and a cricket field could be created under a student plan. Peoria Public School students, with assistance from school district officials, offered the latest proposal last night for restoration of the 80-acre site. Richwoods High School student Mariah Cooley says plans include stadium and track renovation and an enlarged fitness trail.


Peoria Public Schools has purchased stun guns for its security officers, who have been trained and certified to use them.

OSF HealthCare and Peoria Public Schools are partnering to create a Trauma Recovery Center at Trewyn School next year. The center is designed to offer victims of violent crimes and other extreme situations wrap-around services to help them survive and prosper post-trauma.

ELITE Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer

Dec 20, 2017
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Gym-goers getting a lunch hour workout Wed. were treated to the sweet-sounding harmonies of carolers.  

Peoria Public School Enrollment Holds Steady

Oct 31, 2017

The Illinois State Board of Education released its annual report card Tues. and the data show some shifts in Peoria Public Schools 2017 enrollment. 

The delay in getting a state education budget means some school districts are still making budgetary adjustments. But it seems positive in the case of Peoria Public Schools.

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The Peoria Public School board is expected to discuss a policy that would protect the children of undocumented immigrants enrolled in the district.

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There’s a new street scape around Trewyn Middle School in Peoria. A $1.1 million road improvement project was completed just in time for the first day of school and might be a model for future effort. But it’s been a long time coming.

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“More Success, Less Stress,” was the theme of Monday's back-to-school kickoff event for Peoria Public School faculty.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - High school students in central Illinois are part of an effort to renovate Peoria Stadium.

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Franklin Primary School was next in line for one of the district’s 54 facilities upgrades. But the improvement project is on hold, as school district officials address concerns from nearby residents.

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It’s the last full week of summer for Peoria Public School students. And many of them are getting a special visitor to help get them ready.

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The last registration hub for Peoria Public School students is tomorrow, and District officials are reminding parents to immunize their children before the first day of classes, Aug. 16th.

Mayor's Youth Improve the City, and Themselves

Jul 20, 2017
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A group of 20 high school students employed by Peoria’s public works department for the summer have some ideas about how the city can better serve area youth.

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“This is your museum.” That phrase, directed at an audience of kids, was repeated by the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s President during the announcement of a new program for Peoria Public Schools students Thurs.

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Educators at Glen Oak are concerned the building will have more students than it can accommodate when the new school year begins.

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Twenty-two high school students received bright yellow reflective vests for their new summer job.  

  Peoria Public Schools superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat highlighted some successes of the last year in her annual State of the Schools address.

Kherat asked for support in addressing the social and emotional needs of students in her annual State of the Schools report.

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A statewide grassroots initiative launched a decade ago to get more minorities teachers into the classroom lost funding when Illinois went without a budget. A teacher shortage surfaced about the same time. One Peoria educator is working to bring back the Grow Your Own Teacher program to address both issues.

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Peoria Public Schools opened its Office of Social Emotional Learning in 2016, but the district’s superintendent says the job doesn’t end there.

Horizon Club Students Get a Frozen Field Day

Dec 8, 2016
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Middle Schoolers from Peoria’s school district braved the below freezing temperatures and laced on ice skates Thurs.

The Peoria Public School Foundation and PNC Bank sponsored two days of ice skating this week for more than 200 students enrolled in the Horizons Club. The club meets weekly and aims to prepare students for high school, students and beyond.

Foundation President Cindy Morris says this week’s ice skating outing is a reward for good behavior, but it’s also a chance to give some students a new experience.

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Peoria Public School Building Committee is asking those who submitted a proposal for the future of Peoria Stadium to move forward with developing a business plan. The Building Committee yesterday talked through the three page proposal Adam White and others submitted. The proposal calls for replacing Peoria Stadium with modern facilities and operating it as a nonprofit with a board of directors and full-time person to run the operation.

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Peoria Public Schools are preparing to sell $50 million in bonds to pay for a mighty list of school facilities’ improvements.

The bonds will be paid for with the revenue from the 1/2-percent sales tax increase Peoria County voters approved in Nov. 8 election. PPS' School Board approved the underwriting agreement with Stifel Nicolaus and Company, on a 5-1 vote.

Chief Financial Officer Mick Willis says he recommended the company because the way it structures the bonds will be beneficial to the school district.

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Junction City Ventures along with several other business sponsors are working with Peoria Public Schools to launch a student-run company. It’s called AppsCo.

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The Peoria Public School district is piloting new security technology at Trewyn K-8.

The tech infrastructure includes a feature that allows principals to access their school’s intercom system from any smart phone. Trewyn's principal, Renee Andrews, calls it a “Godsend.” Andrews says the technology gives schools an extra layer of security and comfort should a situation, like a lockdown, arise when a principal is out of the building.

The annual state school report cards are out. Here's what the data reveals about Peoria Public Schools in the 2015-2106 school year.

The Peoria Public School system is kicking off a family engagement pilot program this week.

Bob Hoffman is the consultant working with School District 150 to get more parents involved in their child’s school. Hoffman says the parent workshops, that start today, aim to give parents some tools to offer support and partnership in their community schools.

The Peoria Public School Board Building Committee is taking proposals for the future of Peoria Stadium.

The Committee laid out its planned time line in a scheduled meeting Mon.

School Board and Committee Member Dan Adler says the pace is fairly swift. The deadline for proposals on the future uses of the Stadium are due by November 10th. Adler says the committee will sort and evaluate the proposals with the idea of choosing the best one or more to present in a public meeting.

Peoria Teachers Get Two Year Contract

Oct 12, 2016
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Board of Education for Peoria Public Schools voted Tuesday night to approve a new two-year contract with its teachers union. Teachers had overwhelmingly voted for approval Monday evening. The pact calls for a two-percent salary increase in each of the two years. That will add about two-million dollars annually to the school district’s budget.