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DANVILLE – Six years ago, Rickey Williams Jr. set off for graduate school in Atlanta. Before he left, he attended a Danville school board meeting and spoke about one of his goals.
"I told them one day, I hoped to come back and serve the community by working in the school district in some capacity," recalled the 28-year-old Danville man, who was planning to study political science, education and housing policy. "I thought I would teach and eventually become an administrator."
DANVILLE – State grant money that helps area school districts keep students in school by providing the money to hire attendance outreach workers may be distributed in a new way for the next school year.
Vermilion County stands to gain about $100,000 over the next four years under the recommended changes, said Jane Quinlan, a member of the task force making the recommendations and assistant regional superintendent for Champaign and Ford counties.
When a new wind power museum opens in northern Illinois this fall, Allyson Brown will be there to see how exhibits she designed come to life.
Brown is still a senior at Unity High School, but working as an intern this school year with Champaign's Educational Dividends, she helped conduct the research for displays for the Sustainable Energy and Education Center to be located at Sublette in Lee County, not far from the Paw Paw wind farms that were the inspiration for the museum.
URBANA – Keyonna Perry-Edwards knows the rules about guns.
"If you find a gun, you shouldn't touch it," said the 10-year-old.
DANVILLE – Students who plan to get an associate degree from Danville Area Community College and a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University can enroll at both schools at the same time.
Danville Area Community College trustees made that possible on Tuesday when they approved a dual admission agreement with EIU. The agreement guarantees that students in the program can transfer to the Charleston-based university after they graduate from DACC.
URBANA – As of Monday, the Urbana school district was still waiting for a candidate to pick up a petition to run in the April 17 election for the school board's seat in subdistrict one, which includes the rural areas in the north and east of the district.
The name of that candidate, however, is still a question mark.
MAHOMET – Juniors and seniors at Mahomet-Seymour High School next year can learn more about designing Web pages.
And students in grades 10 through 12 can sign up for an elective that will teach them 3-D animation, a class that can lead to jobs in a variety of fields, said teacher Eric Andracke.
CHAMPAIGN – Police officers have been in Champaign's middle and high schools since the beginning of the year, but have they helped reduce discipline problems in the schools? The Champaign school board reviewed some data on the officers' activities at its Monday night meeting and talked about how it might evaluate whether the program is working.
Patricia Lewis, who is overseeing discipline for the district on an interim basis, said a report of the officers' activities in the first few months of the school year shows 245 incidents in the middle and high schools in which officers were involved with students. They resulted in 30 arrests. The most common types of incidents the officers dealt with were batteries and theft.
ROSSVILLE – Members of the Rossville-Alvin School Board Monday approved an agreement with a Champaign architecture firm to do a 10-year life safety report of the district.
Rossville-Alvin Superintendent Carl Sartwell said the law requires school districts to establish a life safety plan every 10 years that is conducted by a licensed architect and then presented to the state. The life safety report "identifies items ... that need updated, made better, fixed or maintained so that it is a safe environment for children to be in," Sartwell said.
GEORGETOWN – School officials are reviewing the open-campus policy at Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School, and may vote next month to keep students on campus during lunchtime.
On Monday, Georgetown-Ridge Farm school board members heard a report from Terri Tate, the assistant principal at the high school, about the campus policies at nearby schools.