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.
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 – 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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.