Noelle McGee

Noelle McGee

Schools not so different after all

Andrea Reynolds clutches a red spiral notebook as her bus pulls up to Danville High School.

The Catlin High School student is both excited and nervous about her first visit to the school, which physically is nearly 7 times the size of hers and has more than 8 times the number of students.

Boys & Girls Club sets fund drive goal at $100,000

DANVILLE — Boys & Girls Club of Danville officials hope to raise at least $100,000 during its annual It Just Takes One campaign.

Executive Director Rob Gifford said the youth organization's fundraiser kicked off a couple of weeks ago, a little earlier than in the past, with a mail campaign to past donors. In addition, he and board members are paying visits to potential donors.

Danville to consider letting youth group use high school in summer

DANVILLE — For the past four summers, First Presbyterian Church of Danville youth group members have traveled to various towns across the country to help rehab homes for elderly, low-income and disabled residents through the national Group Cares organization.

DACC trustees set to vote on phone upgrades

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College trustees will vote Tuesday on whether to upgrade the campuswide phone system.

Officials said the upgrade, which would cost $83,306, would allow them to install new phones in about 80 classrooms, which instructors could use in case of an emergency situation.

Board OKs associate superintendent, principal picks

DANVILLE — Administrators from the Springfield and Danville public school systems have been tapped for two top leadership positions in the local school district.

The Danville school board on Wednesday approved the appointments of Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat as the next associate superintendent and Phil Cox as the next high school principal.

Denman to delay retirement one year to ensure smooth transition

DANVILLE — The Danville school board won't be searching for a new district chief as soon as it had anticipated.

At the request of the board, Superintendent Mark Denman agreed to postpone his retirement, scheduled for June 30, 2014, for a year.

Teachers hope Danville committee looks at early pickup, consequences

DANVILLE — When one of Kim Lindsay’s second-graders at Northeast Elementary Magnet School arrives late to school, she gives the student an unexcused tardy.

Danville to vote on new school appointments this week

DANVILLE — School officials this week hope to announce the district’s next associate superintendent and high school principal.

Speaker tells students to seek knowledge

DANVILLE — It took Carlos Ojeda Jr. awhile to find his voice. But when he did, it changed his life.

Now he's using that voice to spread his message of education and empowerment to young people — and those who educate them — across the country.

Course hooks students' interest with hands-on, 'real world' lab work

DANVILLE — It looks like chicken and tastes like chicken.

Now Danville High School sophomore Chavontaye Bush is on a scientific quest to discover whether the meat in her school's chicken quesadillas is, in fact, chicken.