How to get a piece of Middletown

Mahomet-Seymour administrators said Monday that local residents can claim bricks from the old Middletown school starting later this week.

Crews from Razmus Excavating have begun demolishing the exterior walls of the school.

Jump Rope for Heart drive underway

Students at Lincoln Trail and Sangamon are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation's no. 1 and no. 2 killers.

On Feb. 19 and 20, the schools will host their annual Jump Rope for Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association, which funds heart and stroke research and community and educational programs for our youth.

Its days are numbered

The old Middletown school is scheduled to come down this month—but Mahomet-Seymour officials say that local residents will have a chance to keep a piece of it.

Superintendent Rick Johnston said at Tuesday night’s school board meeting that asbestos removal from the 95-year-old building is now complete.

A lot of PB&J at MSJH

Any way you add it up, a recent food drive at Mahomet-Seymour Junior High was a big success.

Students and staff collected 880 pounds of peanut butter, jelly and nut spreads like Nutella, amounting to 545 jars.

That, said Kristen Costello, development relations manager with Eastern Illinois Foodbank, is enough to make just over 19,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Board hires interim at MPE

On Monday night, the Mahomet-Seymour school board hired Mahomet resident Ralph Leffler as interim principal at Middletown Prairie Elementary.

Students highlight distracted driving dangers

Last week, Cornbelt firefighters responded to an accident in the Mahomet-Seymour High School parking lot. An ambulance stood by as emergency personnel extricated a teen in the passenger's seat from the car, which had suffered a front-end collision.

Playground fundraising goal reached

At Monday night’s school board meeting, Board President Terry Greene accepted a check from local businessman Brooks Marsh representing the proceeds from a fundraising effort on behalf of the new playground at Middletown Prairie Elementary.

New venue for M-S graduation

Mahomet-Seymour’s graduation ceremony is changing venues this year.

Anyone who’s been to commencement in the past few years knows it can be an ordeal, Principal Shannon Cheek said, citing frequent complaints about poor sound quality, cramped seating and—above all—the oppressive heat.

“This has been a topic of conversation for many years,” he said.

Want to run for school board?

Potential candidates for Mahomet-Seymour’s school board can soon start circulating petitions ahead of this spring’s election.

Nominating petition forms for the April 2, 2015, school board election in the Mahomet-Seymour school district are now available.

Park newest member of school board

Jenny Park is the newest member of the Mahomet-Seymour school board.

Park was appointed Monday night to fill the seat vacated by former board member Val Woodruff, who resigned last month after eight years of service. Superintendent Rick Johnston said that Park was one of two candidates interviewed by the board.


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