On Tuesday, November 8, Peoria county voters will consider whether to support The Peoria County School Facilities Sales Tax. If approved by voters, the ½% sales tax would generate $9 million annually to be shared among all Peoria County public school districts, based on enrollment. The Peoria Public Schools would receive approximately $4.2 million annually. The revenue is to be used specifically for school building improvements. The Peoria Public Schools building and grounds staff has assessed the needs of each building in the District. Here is the plan for Thomas Jefferson Primary School.
Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis visited Lauren Wulf’s 4th grade class recently as part of a Social Studies unit on the government. “The students had a blast!” said Mrs. Wulf. Mayor Ardis explained the day-to-day job of mayor. Peoria has a city manager who coordinates the city’s daily operations, so the Mayor attends many meetings and gets to do fun things like visit students. Mayor Ardis explained to the students that the Peoria City Council has 11 representatives and he explained how city elections work. “I’m just like your mom and dad. I drive my own car. I don’t have a fancy car or a driver or live in a giant house. I’m just a regular guy.” Mayor Ardis also told the students about meeting President Obama before he became President, and that he rode in a limosine with President George W. Bush. Mrs. Wulf’s students were so glad that Mayor Ardis could visit their classroom!