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Columbus Day out, Indigenous People Day in?

CHAMPAIGN — While it's been at least a decade since Unit 4 referred to the second Monday as Columbus Day, the day off from school could soon get a new name:

Indigenous People Day.

Tom's #Mailbag, Nov. 25, 2016

Another reason to give thanks: This week's holiday mailbag went live early to provide some Black Friday relief.

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This week: Expansion at International Prep Academy

Every Monday between now and Election Day, staff writer NICOLE LAFOND spotlights one piece of Champaign's six-school, $183.4 million ballot question that will be put before voters Nov. 8.

How much it would cost

Tom's #Mailbag, Oct. 28, 2016

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Unit 4 sets criteria for superintendent applicants

CHAMPAIGN — The next head of Champaign schools will receive a total compensation package of between $205,000 and $235,000, must reside within the Unit 4 schools taxing district and won't necessarily have to have previous experience as a superintendent or a doctoral degree, but that higher level of education will be preferred.

Examining Unit 4 referendum: Centennial's outdated heating, A/C systems

Every Monday between now and Election Day, staff writer NICOLE LAFOND will spotlight one piece of Champaign's six-school, $183.4 million ballot question that will be put before voters Nov. 8.

How much it would cost

$8.4 million of the $63.3 million planned for Centennial would go toward replacing or upgrading parts of the HVAC system.

Busing students a huge expense for school districts

When she's not working full-time driving Danville pre-K and special education students to and from school, Lori Rouse is spending another 20 hours of her week providing in-home care to seniors.

But the 23-year veteran for First Student bus service doesn't mind. "I like to work and stay busy," she says.

Tom's #Mailbag, Oct. 21, 2016

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Examining Unit 4 referendum: No space at South Side

Questions? Email education writer Nicole Lafond at nlafond@news-gazette.com

Every Monday between now and Election Day, staff writer NICOLE LAFOND will spotlight one piece of Champaign’s six-school, $183.4 million ballot question that will be put before voters Nov. 8.

How much it would cost

Soaring assessments irk Campustown property owners

CHAMPAIGN — Next time you visit the Campustown area, consider wearing your dressiest shoes, because you may be walking on some pretty pricey ground.