For some area public schools, class is already back in session

For some area public schools, class is already back in session

Summer's already over for students at three area public schools, which operate on the balanced calendar. A few things you ought to know:

CHAMPAIGN

One reason students are eager to get back to BARKSTALL ELEMENTARY on Wednesday: the library's new, nearly $700 STEM Lego creation space, paid for by donors. This isn't your grandfather's school library: It's outfitted with Legos and baseplates to build upon, part of what librarian Kate Krusell Skibar describes as a "loud," "active" and "exciting" workplace.

DANVILLE

When students return to NORTHEAST ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL today, they will be greeted by new Principal Markesha Parker and 10 other new teachers and support staff members. Parker, a 1999 Danville High grad, previously served as a DHS assistant principal and teacher at Liberty Elementary. The K-6 school is Danville's only balanced-calendar school.

URBANA

Classes at URBANA don't start back up until next month, but one of the most widely used corners of campus reopened for business Monday: the newly resurfaced high school track. It will be open to the public on a limited basis before school starts, including from 7 to 9:30 a.m. today through Thursday.

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