Lyndsay Jones

Lyndsay Jones

Champaign school board puts admin raises on hold; no word on why

CHAMPAIGN — Monday night's planned announcement of 4 percent raises for select Unit 4 administrators was delayed at the 11th hour.

School board President Chris Kloeppel said the item would appear on a future agenda but didn't specify when. Questions from The News-Gazette about the raises, who they would affect and why they were delayed went unanswered by the district.

Study gives Champaign County a 'D' for traffic safety around schools

In three years as a crossing guard outside Urbana's Wiley Elementary, Semyon Slavin says that there haven't been any close calls between motorists driving too fast and students crossing the street.

"People are good and very polite," he said. "It's fine."

Teacher of the Week: Amanda Johnston

Meet AMANDA JOHNSTON — Rantoul raised and Rantoul employed, as a second-year full-time third-grade teacher at Eastlawn Elementary School.

Back-to-school tip for Champaign Central: Steer clear of Park Avenue

Ever dropped a question into Tom's Mailbag? Here's your chance

CHAMPAIGN — If you're dropping off students at Central High School this morning, Unit 4 officials recommend doing so on Clark or Church streets.

Laying down the laws: Schools edition

Among the 200-plus laws that kicked in when the calendar turned to 2019 are a handful that address schools and their staffs, covering topics that range from asthma medication to dual-credit coursework.

Here's more, courtesy of N-G education reporter Lyndsay Jones.

Hiring firm eyes dearth of substitute teachers in school districts

A third-party recruiter with employment branches across Illinois could soon be responsible for bringing substitute teachers to a school near you.

A new law that took effect Jan. 1 allows school districts to use third-party recruiting firms — such as Kelly Education Services, whose parent company already has 16 branches across the state — to hire subs.

Food fight breaks out over school lunch rules

Rollback of Obama-era regulations cheered by some, chided by others

She can't speak for every area district, but Brenda Collenberger knows this much: In 14 years of planning K-8 lunches in St. Joseph, "junk food" was never on the menu.

Hoopeston Area's new app lets students report bullying anonymously

HOOPESTON — How can the voiceless be given a voice?

That's a question Hoopeston Area School District officials had been wrestling with, according to high school Principal John Klaber.

$25K donation allows for growth at Fowler Farm

CHAMPAIGN — Winter hasn't stopped Fowler Farm from growing.

Thanks to a $25,000 donation from Farm Credit Illinois, the Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation announced the addition of an "educational pavilion" to the property.

Urbana school district projects slight drop in tax rate next year

URBANA — Residents can probably expect to see a lower school tax rate on their tax bills next year.

"Historically, our tax rate has not gone down — we've been doing nothing but going up since tax caps were implemented," said Urbana school district Chief Financial Officer Carol Baker.