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Unit 4: When school's out, workers will move in

CHAMPAIGN — Students won't be all that's cleared out of Central High School over Unit 4's winter break.

Before finals are finished on Dec. 21, district capital projects manager Mark Roessler said, workers will pack up rooms on the third floor, readying the area for hazardous abatement work over break.

Class-size caps were a sticking point in Unit 4 contract talks

CHAMPAIGN — The last thing Emily Turner Condill and Amy Aviram wanted was for their children to miss school due to a Champaign teachers’ strike.

But both parents said they fully supported the Champaign Federation of Teachers Local 1925’s efforts to include class-size caps in its new contract with the Unit 4 school board.

Champaign school district seeking an $8.4 million tax boost

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district wants to levy for an $8.4 million boost in property taxes next year but is projecting the increase would have a minimal impact on the tax rate paid by property owners.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 26, 2018

Building off the success of his Prep Football Confidential radio show, Colin Likasisn't slowing down.

Debuting on WDWS 1400-AM and WHMS 97.5-FM tonight: Dick Van Dyke Prep Basketball Confidential.

The one-hour show hosted by Likas and News-Gazette Vice President Jim Rossow runs from 6-7 p.m. The show also will be streamed on our popular News-Gazette Prep Sports Facebook page.

ACE Teacher Award winner has instilled love of music in a new generation

CHAMPAIGN — Brandon T. Washington is an accomplished musician who has performed solo and as part of groups for many years.

But his biggest impact of all may be at Dr. Howard Elementary, where the 45-year-old has instilled a love of music in a new generation.

Unit 4, teachers union still at odds after latest negotiations

CHAMPAIGN — Two weeks after its members voted to authorize a strike, the Champaign Federation of Teachers and the Unit 4 school district remain at odds over a new contract.

The latest negotiating session, held Tuesday night, failed to result in a deal. The next session is scheduled for Nov. 14.

Better late than never: Westview adds kindergarten class

CHAMPAIGN — The first quarter of the school year ended Friday for most Unit 4 students, but several Westview Elementary kindergartners are just getting started.

Family fighting vaccination policy enforced by Unit 4, Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — In a district of more than 10,000 students, 43 have been granted medical or religious exemptions and cleared for classes without getting immunization shots.

Two Unit 4 educators among those honored by state board of education

CHAMPAIGN — Two Champaign school district educators are among 241 teachers up for recognition this weekend by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Unit 4 says Booker T. Washington principal on 'extended leave of absence'

CHAMPAIGN — Just over a year since taking over as principal at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy, Thea Perkins is on an "extended leave of absence" from the school district, officials said in a letter to parents Tuesday.

In the note sent by Unit 4 Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Ivory-Tatum and obtained by The News-Gazette, Perkins' absence was described as "effective immediately."