Lyndsay Jones

Lyndsay Jones

Mahomet-Seymour schools put on soft lockdown over 'domestic situation'

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.:

MAHOMET — Student dismissal at two Mahomet-Seymour schools will proceed normally despite a soft lockdown issued earlier this afternoon.

Urbana school board to decide on three superintendent finalists next week

URBANA — Urbana school board members are set to narrow a list of five to seven superintendent candidates to three finalists in a closed meeting next week.

Minnesota-based search firm School Exec Connect has been reviewing applicants since a job description was developed and publicized in mid-March. The district finalized its partnership with the search firm in early February.

Small-but-mighty Arcola Special Olympics team 'all kids at heart'

ARCOLA — It was the first morning of spring break. Six weeks out from game day.

The Arcola High School campus was far from deserted.

Workers broke ground near the track, which itself was dotted with purple-clad high school runners.

And across the parking lot was another group — smaller, not all of them dressed in purple, but all of them athletes just the same.

Unit 4 construction manager: High bids result of big projects, lots of available work

CHAMPAIGN — This time, a representative from O'Shea Builders was on hand to detail some of challenges the Champaign school district is facing as it continues a planned $183.4 million in referendum projects at six of its schools.

Teacher of the Week: Bobbi Cosat

Meet BOBBI COSAT, a student-turned-teacher's aide-turned-certified teacher at Georgetown's Pine Crest Elementary.

Bids for Centennial renovations coming in high, just like for Central

CHAMPAIGN — A second round of bids for the Champaign school district's Centennial High School renovation is expected to inform a future board decision on how to best manage some of its other referendum projects — and their corresponding budgets — in the coming weeks.

South Side students shuttled to State Farm Center in Unit 4's first 'reunification drill'

CHAMPAIGN — Turns out fire drills, tornado drills and active-shooter-response training drills aren't the only ways school districts can prepare for catastrophic events.

Urbana school board incumbents handily win another term

URBANA — After Tuesday night, Tori Exum-Johnson will be the freshest face on the Urbana school board.

Incumbents Anne Hall (Subdistrict 4) and Paul Poulosky (Subdistrict 6) both won their seats back handily.

Hall, who was appointed to the board in 2015, posted a 232-151 win over Karie Brown-Tess, a Fulbright scholar who ran her campaign from Chile.

Champaign school board incumbents keep seats, welcome a newcomer

CHAMPAIGN — They told voters they wanted to see the referendum work they started to its finish, and the majority of voters agreed to let them.

Champaign school board president sees no room for contention

CHAMPAIGN — To the end, he has been a "consensus builder."

There's no room for Chris Kloeppel to be fixated by factional divide, he said, even in an election season, when the goal is — ultimately — to win.

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