PBL board to OK first class of new Hall of Fame

PBL board to OK first class of new Hall of Fame

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve the first induction class for the newly created PBL Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.

PBL High School Principal Travis Duley, one of six members of the Hall of Fame selection committee, said three candidates will be considered for induction during Wednesday's board meeting.

Both Duley and Superintendent Cliff McClure declined to name the candidates. Duley said they have a "whole variety" of qualifications.

"I thought there was some real solid, quality candidates," Duley said. "With it being the initial induction class, I think everybody (on the selection committee) felt a little pressure to make sure they met the high standards (for eligibility)."

The induction class will be honored at a public ceremony at Zimmerman Field following PBL's homecoming parade in September.

This summer, the district will determine a place within the high school to put the Hall of Fame and "begin figuring out the logistics of homecoming and how we will actually honor them during the ceremonies," Duley said.

Community members were invited to nominate candidates for the Hall of Fame, which honors graduates and former teachers and coaches from the PBL school district, along with the former districts of Paxton, Buckley-Loda, Buckley, Loda Township, Ford Central, Roberts-Thawville and Roberts. The Hall of Fame also features a "Friends of PBL" category that honors community members who have had a significant impact on the school district.

Duley said the nominees who were not selected for the first induction class will "stay in the pool" for further consideration in future years.

Also on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting:

— The board plans to discuss a recommendation by McClure to raise lunch prices by 10 cents district-wide for the 2014-15 school year.

— McClure said he is also exploring the possibility of re-implementing the fee charged for Advanced Placement/dual-credit classes — a fee the district eliminated a year ago.


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