Champaign Schools

Champaign Schools

After county board's inaction, funding found for Access Initiative program

URBANA — The Champaign County Board may have turned down a budget request Tuesday to fund two positions and continue the work of the Access Initiative program, but it’s going to happen anyway.

Police: 'Nothing suspicious' found after bomb threats against Edison, Franklin

CHAMPAIGN — Classes will go on as scheduled at Edison and Franklin middle schools after Champaign police ruled a bomb threat posted online Monday to be a hoax.

Champaign school board approves agreement with MTD

CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4’s tab from the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District next school year will be $25,000-plus more than it was a year ago.

The Champaign school board voted 6-0 on Monday night to approve a contract with the MTD to provide transportation for middle and high school students.

The total cost: $344,084, up from $318,825 in 2014-15, district attorney Tom Lockman said.

Unit 4's school resource officer deal up for renewal

CHAMPAIGN — It's a work in progress.

That's how Champaign school board member Laurie Bonnett describes Unit 4's nine-year school resource officer program, which underwent revisions last year to improve accountability but remains under fire from a local activist.

Black leaders explain why they're voting "yes" on Unit 4 plan

CHAMPAIGN — Let's remember to keep the kids central.

That's the resounding message the heads of four black family-advocacy groups hope voters in the Champaign school district remember when they head to the polls Tuesday.

Unit 4 board member to address Savoy village board

SAVOY — Two weeks ago, Savoy’s village board caught flak for having two Keep Central Central representatives speak at their meeting.

Wednesday night, the other side gets its turn.

We meet again, Mickey

When I tell people what I did over spring break, I get a variety of reactions.

Laughter. Sympathy. And from some fellow parents, knowing smiles.

My vacation involved a trip to Florida with my daughter — and about 100 of her middle-school friends. Four days at the Disney World theme parks, two overnight bus trips there and back.

Schools adapting to combat modern day bullying

It's not about the big kids on the bus stealing lunch money anymore.

In the 14 years Vic Zimmerman has been in leadership at the Monticello school district, the definition of "bullying" has consistently changed, and he has worked hard to keep up with the term's evolution.

Unit 4 candidates offer views on Central High School site

CHAMPAIGN — Candidates for Unit 4's school board have varied opinions on where Champaign Central High School should be built.

The eight seeking contested seats offered their views Thursday during a forum in the Champaign City Building.

Incumbents Jamar Brown and Kerris Lee voted to purchase the Interstate Drive site and voted to put the proposal on the ballot.

What Champaign school board candidates had to say at Wednesday's forum

CHAMPAIGN — Nine Unit 4 school board candidates took part in a forum sponsored by the Champaign PTA Council Wednesday night at the Mellon Administrative Center.

Among the questions they fielded:

Do you support having school resource officers?