Lyndsay Jones

Lyndsay Jones

Second kindergarten-readiness report finds similar ratio of kids unprepared

Once again, just 1 in 4 children are adequately prepared for what's ahead when they enter kindergarten, according to new Year 2 readiness data from the Illinois State Board of Education.

A life remembered | Urbana public servant 'measured his community service in decades'

URBANA — In the end, it was neither frostbite in the below-freezing conditions of World War II, nor wartime food scarcity, nor a late-in-life heart attack overseas that stopped longtime Urbana public servant Kermit Harden.

It was just time.

Champaign, Danville district admins approved for top posts in Urbana

URBANA — The Urbana school district has reclaimed another of its former employees who crossed Wright Street to work in Champaign's Unit 4.

A board vote Tuesday night signaled the return of Angi Franklin to the district where her career began in 2000, and the end of her current position as Unit 4's director of teaching, learning and student engagement.

Urbana program helping students learn to master middle school

URBANA — Any number of things can go wrong on the first day of middle school.

Combination locks can be fumbled and seem impossible.

Finding a classroom down an unfamiliar hallway full of other students can be difficult.

Urbana schools, Youth Assessment Center look to formalize ties

URBANA — Not new, just formalized.

After a school board vote this week on an operations agreement, that could be the status of the partnership between the Urbana school district and Champaign County Youth Assessment Center.

Referendum work at Edison Middle School expected to stay on budget

CHAMPAIGN — Construction at 105-year-old Edison Middle School is still a year away, but officials say the multimillion-dollar project is projected to stay within its recently revised budget.

Unit 4 board wants 'soft' implementation of 'P-card' policies during review

CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4 school board members will continue to read and revise newly drafted policies on the use of district-issued credit cards, but in the meantime, they agreed that the district should adopt a "soft" implementation of what's currently in the drafts.

Some petition to make replacing old playgrounds Champaign schools' job, not the PTA's

CHAMPAIGN — Work a job. Raise children. Join the PTA. Then, find the time to raise up to $100,000 for a new school playground.

Champaign school board seeking to change rules on contract bids

CHAMPAIGN — Stymied by current restrictions, the Champaign school board plans to introduce a resolution in support of changing a state policy that it sees as preventing districts from selecting vendors based on their diversity goals for women- and minority-owned businesses.

Unit 4 drafts policies on 'P-cards' designed to prevent alleged abuse

CHAMPAIGN — As the state appellate prosecutor weighs whether it will file criminal charges against any member of the Champaign school district, Unit 4 officials have drafted policies designed to prevent further instances of alleged credit-card abuse that led to a state police investigation.