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Urbana's next superintendent striving for academic home run

URBANA – When Preston L. Williams Jr. was a college junior, he had to make one of the most difficult decisions of his life: stay in school or be drafted by the Chicago White Sox, the baseball team he'd been a fan of since childhood.

The prospect of joining the team was tempting, but he turned it down.

Uni-High gets internet upgrade

URBANA – Come Aug. 23, University Laboratory High School students will be wired – and wireless.

As part of a network upgrade going on in older buildings at the University of Illinois, the high school will have a speedier Internet connection – from 10 megabits per second to 100, with capability for 1,000 – and wireless access in all classrooms and public areas.

New home school puts focus on black males

CHAMPAIGN – A small community home school for middle school-aged black boys will begin classes next month, with the aim of providing an education that sets high expectations and accommodates individual learning styles.

Leigh Estabrook of Champaign and William and Lori Patterson of Urbana founded the Campus Academy, which will begin classes Aug. 23 for six to eight students.

Students, staff prepare for Prairieview-Ogden merger

ROYAL – Jill Robbins at Ogden Elementary School and Brian Johnson at Prairieview Elementary School planned ahead last year so their fourth-graders would make a smooth transition to their new combined fifth-grade class.

The two teachers assigned pen pals to correspond with each other in their two classes, part of two separate districts last year that will open as one district this fall.

New Parkland president ready to make a difference

CHAMPAIGN – When Robert Exley left his job as an outside operator monitoring valves for a petrochemical company, a co-worker dismissed that move scornfully.

"He said, "So you're going to be a hot-shot college kid,'" said Exley, who this month became Parkland College's fourth president. "It was an interesting comment. Pasadena, Texas, was a very blue-collar neighborhood."

Program for migrant workers' children keep kids on track

CHAMPAIGN – It was the first day of summer school for Angela Kleber's class of first- and second-grade students, but there was no easing into their return to the classroom.

Kleber had her students give her a writing sample, and she tested their reading level and gave them a math assessment, to determine where she needed to start with her teaching. At the Champaign school district's three-and-a-half-week summer school for migrant children, there's no time to waste.

Some educators forget summer break, take on second jobs

To watch Jim Moncrief fishing with a group of kids on a recent morning at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana, it is clear he is a teacher.

He baits their hooks, helps them cast their lines, reminds them to carry their fishing poles straight up so they don't hook each other, poses them for pictures with their catches.

Back-to-school season comes sooner at year-round schools

DANVILLE – Seven-year-old Kendall Campbell of Danville has mixed feelings about returning to school this week.

On one hand, the Northeast Elementary Magnet School second-grader will miss swimming in her baby-sitter's pool and staying up late. Yet, she's also eager to check out books from the school library, do art projects and interact with classmates whom she hasn't seen for six weeks.

With electronic service, 24/7 reference help a click away

With the Web and Google, Yahoo or some other search tool it seems like anything you want to know is just a query away, but let's face it.

The answer to your question often comes in pieces, assembly required, and judging the veracity of sources can be challenging.

Champaign library donations $500,000 shy of goal

CHAMPAIGN – With help from a generous but publicity-shy benefactor, the Champaign Public Library Foundation has raised $2.5 million toward its $3 million goal for the new library building.

The donor – whom library Director Marsha Grove declined to identify even as a man, woman or family – provided a $1 million matching challenge grant that has been more than met.