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CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board will evaluate Superintendent Arthur Culver and his contract in a special meeting tonight.
The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C. The board will meet in closed session.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – 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.
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 $112,500 annually to replace Larry McNabb, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
URBANA – Want to win money and help Urbana schools?
At the 10th annual "Ca$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.