Champaign Schools

Champaign Schools

Top of the Morning, May 19, 2019

Bill Taylor's last day as principal at the Champaign elementary school he attended as a student — South Side — will be in June, long after the kids have left for the summer. That's a good thing.

Centennial choir members to join Foreigner on stage

CHAMPAIGN — A few weeks ago, choir students at Centennial High School were pulling up Youtube videos of the band Foreigner.

They hadn't heard much — if any — of the 1970s-era band before.

But they liked "Jukebox Hero," they decided. Good thing, too.

Unit 4: Lack of policy, but no lack of spending

State Police investigating use of district purchasing cards: 'I would say it's worth looking into anything that deals with public funds.'

Superintendent on probe: 'I'm very concerned because if an individual is making a decision, it’s a reflection on the people leading the organization.’

Unit 4 construction | Some athletes get new digs this summer

CHAMPAIGN — As construction for the new Central and Centennial high schools goes into high gear this summer, many high school athletes will be using alternative venues for practices and workouts.

"The main gyms at Centennial and Central will be impacted by summer construction work," said Unit 4 Chief Communications Officer John Lyday.

Champaign school board incumbents keep seats, welcome a newcomer

CHAMPAIGN — They told voters they wanted to see the referendum work they started to its finish, and the majority of voters agreed to let them.

Superintendent Chitty leaving Judah Christian

CHAMPAIGN — Add Judah Christian to the list of schools in the process of finding another superintendent.

On Tuesday, Michael Chitty told News-Gazette Media in an email that he'd accepted another superintendent position at a school in Indiana.

'The day he gave me an A-plus on a paper ... was a big day for me'

Heading into the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation’s gala, we’ll catch up with five public school alumni set to be honored on March 30 at the I Hotel and Conference Center:

Board hopeful's vision for Champaign district: 'Run it a bit more like a business'

CHAMPAIGN — Everyone has a brand.

That includes retired businessman Lee McDonald, now a Champaign school board hopeful.

"I'm a little bit of the grumpy old man down the street," he said. "Maybe I'll be the grumpy old man on the school board."

Edison, athletic-facility upgrades face Champaign school board vote

CHAMPAIGN — The price tags for a pair of Champaign School District renovation projects will go up significantly if the school board gives its blessing tonight.

The larger of the two increases would bump the budget for upgrades at Edison Middle School from $15 million to around $25 million.

Adult dispute in parking lot disrupts Centennial talent show

CHAMPAIGN — Skirmishes among adults outside Centennial High School Saturday night apparently brought a premature end to a student talent show going on inside.

Unit 4 spokesman John Lyday said Sunday that to his knowledge, no students were involved in the conflicts.

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