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.
DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College students soon could have an easier time transferring to Eastern Illinois University.
That would occur under a dual admission transfer agreement between DACC and EIU, which DACC trustees will consider approving on Tuesday.
Talk about sticker shock.
The average price tag for one year at a public college or university is $12,796 for 2006-07, according to the College Board. At private, four-year colleges, the price averages about $22,218. A year.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district wants to hire another school resource officer.
The district currently has police officers at each of its middle schools and high schools, but Columbia Center does not have a full-time officer. The officer at Edison Middle School spends part of his time at Columbia.
CHAMPAIGN – When Parkland College built a new planetarium in the 1980s, officials had little problem deciding what to name the building.
They named it Staerkel Planetarium in September 1987, to honor Parkland's first president, William Staerkel, who oversaw construction of the $4 million project. Staerkel, who attended the dedication, died just weeks later.
OAKWOOD – Public comments are welcome by the Oakwood School Board, but few people seem to know that.
Board President Greg Wolfe said he would like to increase public comments at the board meetings on any topic that residents want to discuss, including policy matters.
HUME – Four Shiloh High School seniors objected to the district's drug testing policy at a school board meeting Tuesday.
The district's current policy says that any student in any extracurricular activity has to sign off authorizing a random drug test. The extracurricular activities include sports and clubs; the policy also affects students who drive to school.
WESTVILLE – The noise from the stands at Judith Giacoma Elementary School home games might be a little louder next school year.
Principal Melinda Pollock told Westville School Board members Wednesday that she wanted to keep the school's cheerleading squad but will add an informal pep squad in the fall.
DANVILLE – Vermilion County public schools could be on the same calendar starting next school year.
That means students throughout the county's 12 school districts would start classes on the same day, students, teachers and staff would take breaks at the same time, and teachers and staff would even hold professional development training on the same days.
URBANA – Members of the Urbana school board are looking for money to make repairs and improvements to the schools, but they don't want the many millions that require voter approval.
So they're talking about raising taxes slightly – and possibly temporarily – to sell a working cash bond after a bidding process.