Lyndsay Jones

Lyndsay Jones

Urbana interim superintendent: 'There will be consequences'

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URBANA — Next time, it will be different.

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.

Urbana district chooses Minnesota-based firm for admin search

URBANA — The Urbana school district plans to partner with a Minnesota-based search firm to help fill three top administrative positions.

School may have been canceled, but for custodians, the work went on

CHAMPAIGN — Thursday morning. 7:30. The sun hadn't been up long; temperatures remained below zero, the wind still carried a bite.

Andrew Terrall was alone at Edison Middle School.

It was the second straight day the Champaign school district had been closed due to dangerous weather conditions, empty of students and teachers.

As long as STM students log in, today's still a school day

CHAMPAIGN — It might not be quite the day off they had imagined.

Like their peers, high school students at Saint Thomas More will be out of class today, driven away by subzero temperatures responsible for school closings across the state.

Teacher of the Week: Joe Meyer

Room 112 at Central High School is the "equalizer, for sure." That's where JOE MEYER teaches shop and welding class to students of all kinds.

Champaign school board approves raises for 75 administrators

CHAMPAIGN — Seventy-five Unit 4 administrators have been awarded raises of 3 or 4 percent for meeting district goals.

The school board approved the raises Monday evening after striking them from its Jan. 14 agenda at the last minute.

Schools seek more adults, especially men, for mentoring program

URBANA — Everyone else had one, it seemed, so why not him?

Emilio Burgos-Huerta was in fifth grade when he'd become aware that other kids in the class had "mentors" — adults who spent an hour during the school day with select students.

Middle school, and life, was confusing.