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New Unit 7 facilities policy unveiled

TOLONO – The Unit 7 school district has settled on a new policy concerning the use of its building facilities.

The policy covers school auditoriums, gyms, cafeterias and kitchens at the four public schools in Unit 7, which includes Tolono, Philo, Sidney, Sadorus and Pesotum.

Plan for resource officers meets resistance

CHAMPAIGN – After a lengthy discussion Monday night on putting full-time police officers in the middle and high schools, the Champaign school board did not vote on the issue.

And the superintendent said he won't bring the idea back to the board again.

Blue Ridge district considers busing switch to trim expenses

FARMER CITY – Blue Ridge school board members and administrators say they looked at all the options for reducing transportation costs and contracting is the only one that works.

"It's not about salaries or what goes on in other districts," said board President Rick Noble after more than 90 minutes of heated discussion about a district proposal to contract bus service this fall.

Parkland reaches out to area high schools

TOLONO – Unity High School was one of the first stops on Parkland College's "listening tour," and representatives from the two schools had plenty to talk about.

Unity Principal Phil Morrison said his school already offers calculus students high school credit and credit at the community college.

Schools exceed standards despite tiny enrollments, budgets

The Prairieview school district in northeast Champaign County and the Deland-Weldon school district in Piatt and DeWitt counties are two of the smallest school systems in the area.

Deland-Weldon has 180 students in grades K-8, and Prairieview is even smaller, with 138 pupils. Deland-Weldon is a unit school district, and Prairieview is a grade school district.

Chamaign school board to vote on school police presence

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to have police officers in district middle and high schools and Columbia Center next fall.

The school resource officer initiative calls for five uniformed, armed police officers to be assigned to the buildings.

Champaign school referendum will wait a year

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district should plan carefully how to add space in the north part of the district and should not go back to voters with another building proposal until next spring, said school board President Margie Skirvin.

Skirvin, Champaign Superintendent Arthur Culver and other interested parties met this week with Robert Peterkin, the court monitor who oversees the district's compliance with its consent decree.

Stories come to life for young authors

One rainy wet Thursday, student authors of Urbana got together to tell stories.

They told about small snails and giant giants.

Girls hope handiwork inspires youngsters to love books

URBANA – If you're 3 or 4 years old, this is even better than the Bookmobile. There are books and toys involved, after all. And Dora. And Thomas.

More than 40 "Book Buddy Bags," sewn and filled by Urbana Girl Scout Troop 31, were delivered Wednesday to the Marilyn Queller Child Care Center in Urbana.

Area students wil see how they match up against Illinois' best

CHAMPAIGN – Some Centennial High School students will get a day off from school today ... to take tests.

But testing his chemistry skills is something Centennial senior Chris Krassa enjoys.