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Gifford may buy school buses

GIFFORD — The school board is leaning toward buying school buses rather than leasing them for next school year.

The board directed Superintendent Rod Grimsley at its meeting this week to get prices for three used buses to buy. The formal decision whether to buy the buses would be made at the April meeting.

Catlin eliminates six positions

CATLIN — School officials voted this week to reduce the district staff by six employees, and to reduce the hours worked by two other employees.

Some oppose DHS project as wasteful

Improvements partly funded by IEPA grant require matching city dollars

DANVILLE — With the city on the verge of awarding a construction contract for $1 million in campus improvements at Danville High School, some aldermen are balking at spending $519,000 in local tax dollars on the project.

Disagreement in Danville over hiring retired administrator

DANVILLE — Last August, the Danville school board approved two job descriptions for the district's human resources director — one with an advanced certificate required by the state to hold certain K-12 administrative positions, and one without.

Fisher Junior High pupils begin move to new digs

FISHER — Beginning March 25, junior high students in Fisher will have a new place to learn.

The move into the new junior high wing at Fisher Junior-Senior High began this week.

Villa Grove school board considers ways to reduce deficit

VILLA GROVE — The school board held a public forum this week to seek input and suggestions on several issues that will affect not only the upcoming school year, but also the future of the school and its students.

School board candidates field questions

CHAMPAIGN — Candidates for the Champaign school board spent Thursday answering a variety of questions — explaining their opinions and philosophies on updating the district's facilities, the board's role in passing referendums, reductions in state funding and much more — as they participated in the PTA Council's candidate forum.

Danville show choirs' goal: $20,000 for trip

DANVILLE — The Danville High School show choir groups must raise $20,000 in just six weeks to pay hotel, transportation and some meal costs for the 115 students who will be representing Danville at the Show Choir National competition in Chicago next month.

PTA forum to feature candidates for Champaign board

CHAMPAIGN — If you're interested in hearing from the candidates running for school board, you're in luck.

Champaign's PTA Council is hosting tonight a candidate forum featuring those running for school board in April.

It's scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.

Seven candidates are running for five school board seats.

UI farmland research center launches

URBANA — The need for more information on farmland economics drove financial services firm TIAA-CREF to help fund a new research center at the University of Illinois, a company spokeswoman said.

The TIAA-CREF Center for Farmland Research was formally launched Wednesday at the UI, thanks to a pledge that reportedly totaled $5 million.