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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.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 7-14, 2019


This weekend


What: Guest speaker is Dr. James C. Harden and performance by Leadership Development Academy. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Rantoul. Rescheduled from Jan. 19.

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

Schools seek more adults, especially men, for mentoring program

URBANA — Everyone else had one, it seemed, so why not him?

Emilio Burgos-Huerta was in fifth grade when he'd become aware that other kids in the class had "mentors" — adults who spent an hour during the school day with select students.

Middle school, and life, was confusing.

Raises for Unit 4 administrators on board agenda

CHAMPAIGN — If the school board signs off on Superintendent Susan Zola's recommendation, some Unit 4 district officials could soon be in line for 4 percent raises.

The agenda for tonight's first board meeting of 2019 includes an item calling for raises for "all eligible administrators," retroactive to July 1, 2018.

Hiring firm eyes dearth of substitute teachers in school districts

A third-party recruiter with employment branches across Illinois could soon be responsible for bringing substitute teachers to a school near you.

A new law that took effect Jan. 1 allows school districts to use third-party recruiting firms — such as Kelly Education Services, whose parent company already has 16 branches across the state — to hire subs.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 3-10, 2019


This weekend


What: Hosted by Champaign County and Vermillion County Farm Bureau Young Ag Leaders. Lots of farm toy vendors and collectible items with a live consignment auction.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 4 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 5. Auction, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 5.

Where: Wyndham Garden Hotel, 1001 W. Killarney St., U.

Food fight breaks out over school lunch rules

She can't speak for every area district, but Brenda Collenberger knows this much: In 14 years of planning K-8 lunches in St. Joseph, "junk food" was never on the menu.

$25K donation allows for growth at Fowler Farm

CHAMPAIGN — Winter hasn't stopped Fowler Farm from growing.

Thanks to a $25,000 donation from Farm Credit Illinois, the Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation announced the addition of an "educational pavilion" to the property.