Champaign Schools

Champaign Schools

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.

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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

Rollback of Obama-era regulations cheered by some, chided by others

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.

South Side construction plans spawn concerns over more traffic, bright lights

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CHAMPAIGN — Some of the Champaign school district's plans for South Side Elementary and McKinley Field have neighbors in the area worried.

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.