Tucked away in rural Stephenson County, the Lena school district continues to achieve more with less. With just 1,100 total students, Lena-Winslow's school district scored above the state average in math and science.
Lena schools also made its curriculum more interactive, placing course assignments and grades on the district's website.
The district finished with a balanced budget last year, and its teachers are in the second year of a three-year contract.
However, Lena-Winslow's superintendent says with declining enrollment likely next year, adding new staff and programs and staying financially sound is the district's biggest challenge.