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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.


Urbana High School festival celebrating culture set for Tuesday

URBANA – Visitors to Urbana High School on Tuesday evening can get an eyeful, an earful and a mouthful at the first Celebration of Our Culture Festival.

The festival, part of Black History Month, starts with booths for food, information and arts at 4:30 p.m. at the school, 1002 S. Race St., U.


DACC trustees to discuss small tuition increase

DANVILLE – Starting this summer, it may cost a little more to attend Danville Area Community College.

The Board of Trustees will discuss a slight tuition increase at its meeting on Tuesday.


Rising cost of college textbooks targeted

SPRINGFIELD – College students are turning to the Illinois General Assembly for help with rising textbook costs.

"Many students are already really struggling to pay their way through college," said Bob Skorczewski, a senior at University of Illinois Springfield and a member of the Illinois Student Association. "The last thing they need is to shell out hundreds of dollars more each year to buy textbooks."


Parkland conference focus on education challenges

CHAMPAIGN – Addressing the news of the day at a Parkland College conference Thursday, Chancellor Richard Herman praised University of Illinois students and fans for ending the Chief Illiniwek era gracefully.

"It's been quiet on campus lately," joked Herman, of UI trustees' decision to banish the Chief from games and the controversy that preceded the basketball game Wednesday when the Chief danced his last dance. Herman was keynote speaker at Parkland's eighth Futures Conference.


Speakers rip law up for reauthorization

CHAMPAIGN – The standards set by No Child Left Behind have left many in the area wanting to leave that federal legislation behind.

"Our teachers are tired of hearing that public education doesn't work," said Tracy Luchik, head of the Urbana Education Association. "Our students are improving ... but we're not looking at improvement. We're looking at a magic number."


Bonds may finance Oakwood High School improvements

FITHIAN –Life safety bonds are being considered by the Oakwood School Board to finance future improvements at Oakwood High School.

Superintendent Keven Forney said the agricultural area of the high school needs to be remodeled and the northwest corridor of the school brought into compliance with the federal disabilities act.


Summer of upgrades planned by Urbana schools

URBANA – Buildings around the Urbana school district could see major improvements during the summer.

Prairie Elementary School students could return to a building with new, energy-efficient lighting in the hallways, new flag poles, new exterior security cameras and new flooring replacing some old asbestos flooring in the building.


Franklin assistant principal moves up

CHAMPAIGN – An administrator at Franklin Middle School will take over as principal there for the next school year.

The Champaign school board at its meeting Monday night approved Angela Smith as the next principal. She'll replace Carol Stack, who is retiring after this school year.


No Child Left Behind will be discussed at public forum

CHAMPAIGN – Area educators will talk about what they can do to improve the No Child Left Behind legislation at a public forum this week.

The forum, "No Child Left Behind: What Changes Are Needed?", will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Champaign County Farm Bureau, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C.