Champaign Schools

Champaign Schools

Park district's proposal for Centennial drainage has Unit 4 thinking land swap

CHAMPAIGN — Talks between the Champaign Park District and Unit 4 officials may turn to land-swapping after a $60,000 price tag for 1 acre of land was floated at Monday night's school board meeting.

City to talk Unit 4 referendum plans

CHAMPAIGN — Two days before school starts in Unit 4, the city council will review a plan for Champaign schools' referendum-related construction, one that includes chopping down trees, removing streetlights and making room for buses.

Playtime's over: It's back-to-school season

Summer ended early for the elementary school kids at Barkstall, Kenwood, Thomasboro and Danville Northeast, where classes are underway. For the rest of the region, break is over in a matter of days. Here's an area-wide glance at when school starts.


Arthur Christian

Arthur district

Danville High (freshmen)

Prairieview-Ogden district

Delays may spill into school year, but Central makeover finally 'real'

To Anna LeGrande, the sight of construction work outside her daughter's high school has been a treat — even if it comes with traffic delays throughout August.

"I really wanted Central to stay Central, and I'm happy that they're finally getting going," she said. "It's real."

New neighbors, tight quarters for two Champaign elementaries

CHAMPAIGN — One city block, two schools, a busy corner and 800 students.

The temporary move of Dr. Howard Elementary School to the Columbia School building at Bradley Avenue and Neil Street puts it next door to another elementary school, Stratton Academy of the Arts.

Peoria firm bid $7,586 to win salvage rights to Burnham Mansion, other buildings

CHAMPAIGN — Peoria Architectural Salvage will be paying the Champaign school district $7,586 for the right to remove items that can be salvaged in four houses being demolished to make way for a larger Central High School campus.

Stop the Bleed: Teens get a lesson in trauma response

CHAMPAIGN — Instead of relaxing by the pool on their summer vacation, 75 teens were thinking about worst-case scenarios Thursday afternoon. While learning about health care procedures at Carle's three-day Scrub Camp, they were also taught how to survive a school shooting.

New Kenwood playground seen as fitting tribute for crash victims

CHAMPAIGN — Happiness, lately, has come to Jeffrey Brokish in the form of a new playground.

The lone survivor of a Texas car crash that left his wife and three young children dead in late March, the Champaign man describes himself about "as well as can be expected," and that's all he has to say on the matter.

Questions provide catalyst for budding scientist

CHAMPAIGN — Even at a very young age, Lawrence Zhao had the wits to baffle his parents.

The Champaign native often discussed the sciences with his mother, an attorney with a doctorate in biology, and father, a University of Illinois chemical engineering professor.

5 area districts listed for racial disparities in discipline practices

Racial disparity in the discipline practices of five area school districts could soon lead to action by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Champaign, Danville, Georgetown, Hoopeston Area and Westville are on a preliminary list of 84 districts statewide that ISBE has flagged for patterns of disparity in suspensions or expulsions over the past three academic years.