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'So far, so good' for achievement tests

DANVILLE – Around this time last year, East Park Elementary School Principal Valerie Gilbert was in a slight panic.

Shortly before third- through fifth-graders were set to take their 2006 state standardized tests, some of the testing materials were missing.


Urbana substitute a soothing presence at Thomas Paine

Tammie Kirby had days when she wondered whether being a substitute teacher was worth it. Like the day the kids were jumping on the tables, hiding under them, throwing things and generally wreaking havoc.

"There were days when I thought, 'You know, I'm not going to make it past lunch,'" Kirby said. "They see a sub, and they walk in and think it's play day."


Team gives troubled students something to look forward to

CHAMPAIGN – After an overtime loss Friday, the basketball team at Columbia Center is 4-5 in its first season.

That's still quite an accomplishment, considering:


Unity students spreading word about seat belts

PHILO – Melanie Newberry knows the importance of wearing a seat belt.

The Unity High School student was driving to a class at Parkland College one morning when she swerved and flipped her car, landing it on its roof.


Danville district, high school fail to meet standard

DANVILLE – Despite a number of improvements in standardized test scores, the Danville School District and high school failed to meet Illinois learning standards in 2006, officials said Friday.

Associate Superintendent Mark Denman said the district did not make adequate yearly progress, required by the federal No Child Left Behind, because special education students' reading scores did not meet benchmarks, and the high school did not because of juniors' math scores.


Last year's test results to finally be released

DANVILLE – The public finally should know next week whether Danville High School students met state learning standards in 2006.

Danville School District officials plan to release at Wednesday evening's school board meeting the long-awaited state standardized test scores for the eight elementary schools, two middle schools and the high school – if they're available.


Low enrollment leads to end of Catlin art program

CATLIN – School officials voted Thursday to let the part-time Catlin High School art teacher go, citing low student enrollment in the art program.

The Catlin School Board voted to honorably dismiss Brenda Young on Thursday. Superintendent Guy Banicki said Young retired last year after 30 years with the district, but agreed to return and teach three high school art classes a day this year.


Culver receives another contract extension

CHAMPAIGN – Schools Superintendent Arthur Culver now has a contract that extends to June 30, 2012.

The Champaign school board voted Monday night to extend Culver's contract one year. School districts can have up to a five-year contract for superintendents.


Greenhouse plans move forward

MAHOMET – The new greenhouse for Mahomet-Seymour High School is a go – in concept at least.

School board members on Monday unanimously approved a Mahomet-Seymour Schools Foundation plan to raise money to build the greenhouse, but reserved the right to revisit that decision if bids come in substantially out of line with the $211,000 estimate.


Schools dealing with early switch

TUSCOLA – Joe Burgess got up early Monday morning to scan the skies to see how light it will be when his students come to school next Monday.

Monday will be the first school day after the weekend clocks spring forward an hour – about a month ahead of the customary schedule, thanks to federal legislation.