Nicole Lafond

Nicole Lafond

Just 1 Question: Thomas Paine Elementary's principal retires

The end of the 2016-17 school year marked the end of SANDY COOPER's 23-year journey as an educator in Urbana schools.

Teacher of the Week: Allison Imig

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet staff writer Noelle McGee (@n_mcgee) with the hashtag "#TeacheroftheWeek."

Teacher of the Week: Abby Donovan

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator.

This week, meet Abby Donovan, a first-grade teacher at Kenwood Elementary School who says building relationships with each of her students is one of the most important things she does. She loves the challenge of "figuring out how each child learns academically and socially" each year.

30 Days, 30 Grads: Central alum achieved 2 goals at 1 school

CHAMPAIGN — After he graduated from Central High School in 2013, Sean Noa knew he wanted to join the military and go to college eventually.

"I just wasn't patient enough to do one right after the other," he said.

So he applied to the U.S. Naval Academy.

'Mellon heads'? A half-century on, they're glad it's Centennial

CHAMPAIGN — Fifty years ago, the choice was between Centennial High School and Mellon High School.

And the members of Centennial's first graduating class who got to vote on their new school name didn't want to be known as the Mellon Heads.

Franklin Middle School scholastic bowl team headed to state

CHAMPAIGN — Franklin Middle School's scholastic bowl team is one of the best in the state.

Just 1 Question: Mahomet-Seymour's 'Breakfast of Champions'

You don't have to be a top-athlete or have the highest GPA to be named a "champion" at Mahomet-Seymour High School.

Urbana school board leadership remains same after swearing-in

URBANA — Urbana school board leadership will remain the same for another two years.

A month after five current members were elected to five open seats on the board, Brenda Carter, Ruth Ann Fisher, Peggy Patten, John Dimit and Anne Hall were officially sworn in Tuesday night.

Teacher of the Week: Laura Bruce

Meet Laura Bruce, a kindergarten teacher at Carrie Busey Elementary who has no need for a personal desk in her classroom.

"I took it out to make more room for kindergarten," she said.

She says she has a passion for building relationships with students and their families, which fits in well with the theme at her school.

Two Urbana schools moving to new buildings

URBANA — Two local schools are playing musical chairs with their facilities.

As the Urbana Head Start program moved out of its space at 108 South Weber Street to its new home at 1603 E. Mumford Drive — the site of the former Happi House Learning Center — the private Campus Middle School for Girls will move in to the old Head Start building.