CHAMPAIGN – School board members Monday dashed hopes of a resolution to a long-running conflict between the district and the city.
At a special session, board members quickly went into closed session – removing from the agenda an agreement about a special district the city wants to create in the South Research Park area to accommodate University of Illinois expansion plans, as well as city plans for a downtown taxing district.
CHAMPAIGN – School officials are calling for a bond referendum next spring to improve school facilities and they're asking community members to help them determine priorities.
Committee members will help determine the content and fate of a referendum the Unit 4 district hopes to hold March 21, 2006. The proposal could call for bonds to pay for work that could range from major maintenance at some or all district schools to construction of new schools.
MAHOMET – When Vicki Niswander thinks about all the ways her developmentally disabled daughter, Annie, has amazed her over the years, there's one occasion that especially stands out in her memory.
It was back when Annie was an eighth-grader, and part of her homework was to describe in three sentences what happens in the first scene of Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
CHAMPAIGN – The city and school district have reached tentative agreement over special districts in downtown Champaign and on the south University of Illinois campus.
The agreement will clear the way for the school district to get more money and the land on the south campus to be developed.
URBANA – The summer will go down in Ota Dossett's books as the season floor tiles randomly released.
And they weren't the only unexpected issues Dossett, Urbana schools' facilities director, and his employees encountered during their summer sweep getting all district schools cleaned, repaired and ready for the new school year, at a cost of about $670,000 – about $70,000 more than planned.
OAKWOOD – Fifth-grader Elizabeth Gutterridge lives across the street from a farm, but she never knew how important agriculture is in everyday life and football until Tuesday.