Lyndsay Jones

Lyndsay Jones

Garden Hills fifth-graders get hands-on STEM lesson with skating rigs

CHAMPAIGN — The two fifth-grade girls agreed: The project they had been assigned Wednesday at Garden Hills Elementary was "better than class."

Like the rest of the building's fifth-graders, they had swapped the classroom for the lunchroom about 1:30 p.m. and were bent over tables, studying blueprints and piecing together PVC pipes.

Their assignment?

Champaign school board opens Central expansion project for bidding

CHAMPAIGN — Progress marches on for the Champaign school district's Central High School expansion, as board members approved opening up the project for bidding this Friday.

Plainclothes officer to be on duty at Urbana High starting Monday

URBANA — A plainclothes police officer will be on the Urbana High School campus for the remainder of the school year, according to a press release from both the Urbana Police Department and school district.

Urbana High's winter guard team ready to fly their flags at state finals

URBANA — The girls of winter guard took the stage.

There was no real audience to speak of in the Urbana Middle School cafeteria Thursday evening — no one to watch them spin, toss and twirl their orange flags, no one to hear the whoosh-like sound they made.

Urbana school board finalizes deal with firm for superintendent search

URBANA — The Urbana School Board has finalized an agreement with national search firm School Exec Connect, bringing its quest to hire a new superintendent and two assistant superintendents one step closer to completion.

Urbana interim superintendent: 'There will be consequences'

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URBANA — Next time, it will be different.

Teacher of the Week: Paul Han

Interacting with kids had always been a part of PAUL HAN's life. But that didn't mean he was going to be a teacher — or so he thought.

Principal: 'Factions' to blame for Urbana High fights

URBANA — Two "factions" of students were involved in the string of fights at Urbana High School on Monday that drew a heavy police presence and led to an early dismissal of all students.

'Why is there no communication here?'

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URBANA — Jami Peterson found out Urbana High School was on lockdown midday Monday, when her daughter texted her, wondering what was happening outside.

UPDATE: 7 students, parent arrested after fights at Urbana High; teacher hurt

UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.:

URBANA — Seven juveniles and one parent were arrested Monday afternoon at Urbana High School after a series of fights that sent at least one teacher to the hospital.