Lyndsay Jones

Lyndsay Jones

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.

Urbana school board to hire search firm to find new administrators

URBANA — The Urbana school board is planning to hire an outside search firm to help in its hunt for a permanent superintendent and two permanent assistant superintendents.

Three questions with ... Carle social worker David Roberts

DAVID ROBERTS' job often involves helping students, but he's not based at a school.

The Carle Foundation Hospital social worker encounters students during his daily rounds, providing anything from emotional support to homework for students who end up staying more than a day or two.

Showcase time: At Champaign's Franklin Middle, it's full STEAM ahead

CHAMPAIGN — By now, the acronym "STEM" (science, technology, engineering and math) is ubiquitous.

Less familiar, however, might be its counterpart "STEAM," which adds an "A" for "arts" and is part of Franklin Middle School's new name: Franklin STEAM Academy.

Teacher of the Week: Sandi Cummins

Meet SANDI CUMMINS, a math teacher at Danville First Baptist Christian. After spending 12 years at home raising three boys, friends cautioned her about returning to the profession:

Champaign school board approves 40-year PR vet as communications head

CHAMPAIGN — A 40-year veteran of public relations is slated to begin working for Unit 4 next Monday, "shoring up" a communications department flooded with responsibilities related to the district's 2016 referendum, board President Chris Kloeppel said.

Election 2019: It's filing time in the cities

Monday marked the first day of the week-long filing period for a slew of area races on the ballot in the April 2 consolidated election. News-Gazette Media's reporters will track the filings as they happen. Here's the latest: