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Except for Centennial, school district meets standard

CHAMPAIGN – For the first time, the Champaign school district as a whole and Central High School have met state standards for student achievement in math and reading for the last school year.

All but one of Champaign's schools made adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act. The district recently received achievement test results for high school juniors for the 2005-06 school year.

Police arrest DeLand-Weldon teacher on sex charges

DeLAND – A DeLand-Weldon High School English teacher was released on bond Wednesday pending an investigation of alleged sexual acts with one or more male students.

Piatt County State's Attorney Leonard Rumery said in a written statement that Judge John P. Shonkwiler received a probable cause affidavit to support the arrest of Randy DeJaynes for aggravated battery and criminal sexual abuse. The judge set bond at $15,000, Rumery said.

Unity Junior High's problematic roof now leaking

TOLONO –The roof on Unity Junior High School's newly constructed sixth-grade wing continues to be a problem.

Construction of the addition had been delayed until just before students returned in August because of unanticipated problems with connecting the addition's roof to the existing one.

School districts meet with aspiring teachers

URBANA – The Unit 7 school district doesn't need to hire any special education teachers for next year.

But Judy Rushton, the district's director of special education, was collecting resumes and talking with potential employees just the same Thursday at an education job fair on the University of Illinois campus. She knows it can be hard to find a good special education teacher when you need one.

Doctor warns of drug's hidden dangers

DANVILLE – Danville High School students Adrian Marbury and Morgan Walls knew very little about methamphetamines, learning about the drug only from what they saw on TV.

"It's a terrible drug that messes up your body," said Marbury, 17.

Overruns to force Champaign school district to make cuts

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district is looking for ways to cut expenses this year, to balance areas where it is spending more than budgeted.

Gene Logas, the district's chief financial officer, said the district is spending more than expected on special education placements, on legal fees related to its consent decree and on workers' compensation cases. It needs to find $500,000 to $600,000 in other areas to make up for those costs.

Urbana investigating alleged sexual misconduct at high school

URBANA – Police are investigating possible sexual misconduct involving two students last week at Urbana High School.

Urbana police Sgt. Bryant Seraphin said this morning that police began the investigation Friday afternoon after receiving a report of alleged sexual misconduct involving two high school students.

SJ-O's Zimmerman named Monticello superintendent

The Monticello Board of Education has hired the superintendent of St. Joseph-Ogden High School as its new leader.

Vic Zimmerman, who has been the superintendent at St. Joseph-Ogden High School for four years, signed a three-year contract Saturday worth $112,500 annually to replace Larry McNabb, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Dinner will raise funds for Urbana schools

URBANA – Want to win money and help Urbana schools?

At the 10th annual "Ca$h Ba$h" on Saturday, attendees can purchase one of 300 raffle tickets, with a top prize of $5,000 and more than 20 lesser cash prizes.

G-RF High school's campus to be closed for lunch

GEORGETOWN – Citing behavioral problems and safety concerns, school officials voted Monday to close the Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School campus over lunchtime starting in the fall.

The school board's vote will bring an end to a longstanding policy that allows all 350 Georgetown-Ridge Farm High students to leave school grounds during their 30-minute lunch period.