Budget and levy setting were the themes that kicked off the September 10 regular meeting of the Fairbury Board of Education. 
Superintendent Stephen Grizzle addressed the board after it was officially opened by chairperson Vickie Banahan by stating that the budget is relatively the same over the course of discussion in the past few months. He commented that what they adopt that evening is not necessarily what they will end up spending. Grizzle commented that in recent years there has been a trend of spending less over budget than is projected.
“[2017-2018] year was really remarkable,” he said. “The budget projection was three percent increase, but we only spent .25 percent more than the previous year’s budget.”
Grizzle commented that they were projecting a three percent increase from last year’s budget. He went one to say that they hope the trend of the percentage going down will continue. 
“I don’t know if we can keep that trend going forever, but I think what I like about that is we can do what we want to do, what we need to do, while still being fiscally conservative,” he said. 
The budget hearing was closed, and the board moved on to the levy hearing, which Grizzle also presented. 
He explained to the board that the tax request was essentially the same as last year. The levy is increasing by .00316.
“The tax request, the actual dollars we’re requesting is increasing by .59 percent,” Grizzle said. 
Once the hearing was closed the regular meeting of the board of education opened. There to present a report was school psychiatrist Jill Timmons. 
Timmons gave a report on Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, or PBIS. The mission of the program according to Timmons is to make kindness and positivity normal. She went on to explain that during the 2017-2018 school year, the first tiers of PBIS were in its primitive stages. 
With the new year already underway, Timmons was happy to report that the first tier is already producing positive results. 
The components of PBIS is to first clearly define expectations and then implement and reinforce the system school wide with effective supervision and classroom practices. According to Timmons this all is to ultimately improve school culture and build a foundation of positive relationships.
The positive culture goes beyond student to student or adult to student. Timmons drew attention also to the culture of adult to adult. Several of the schools in Fairbury have already implemented a system of teachers recognizing each other for positive acts or going out of their way for someone. 
With that positive foundation between staff and students then it will create positive social-emotional skills that will affect in turn their academic performances. 
A district-wide brief of PBIS was given on August 13 and training was conducted on August 24. Each school in the district has made strides to implement expand PBIS. Central Elementary has edited posters around the school to exude more positive messages and well as Jefferson Intermediate. The junior/senior high school has developed a leadership team and identified a school theme (PRIDE). As the school year moves forward she is optimistic for the future of PBIS and the positive school culture being built.