Champaign Schools

Champaign Schools

Peoria firm bid $7,586 to win salvage rights to Burnham Mansion, other buildings

CHAMPAIGN — Peoria Architectural Salvage will be paying the Champaign school district $7,586 for the right to remove items that can be salvaged in four houses being demolished to make way for a larger Central High School campus.

Stop the Bleed: Teens get a lesson in trauma response

CHAMPAIGN — Instead of relaxing by the pool on their summer vacation, 75 teens were thinking about worst-case scenarios Thursday afternoon. While learning about health care procedures at Carle's three-day Scrub Camp, they were also taught how to survive a school shooting.

New Kenwood playground seen as fitting tribute for crash victims

CHAMPAIGN — Happiness, lately, has come to Jeffrey Brokish in the form of a new playground.

The lone survivor of a Texas car crash that left his wife and three young children dead in late March, the Champaign man describes himself about "as well as can be expected," and that's all he has to say on the matter.

5 area districts listed for racial disparities in discipline practices

Racial disparity in the discipline practices of five area school districts could soon lead to action by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Champaign, Danville, Georgetown, Hoopeston Area and Westville are on a preliminary list of 84 districts statewide that ISBE has flagged for patterns of disparity in suspensions or expulsions over the past three academic years.

Questions provide catalyst for budding scientist

CHAMPAIGN — Even at a very young age, Lawrence Zhao had the wits to baffle his parents.

The Champaign native often discussed the sciences with his mother, an attorney with a doctorate in biology, and father, a University of Illinois chemical engineering professor.

Top of the Morning, July 22, 2018

Champaign High’s Class of 1953 produced a state wrestling champ in Carl Meeks, a trailblazing IHSA bigwig in Ola Bundy and even a nickname for the school’s menacing mascot (Max Maroon) — plenty of fodder for their once-every-five-years reunion.

Expanded library card access slows students' summer 'slide'

CHAMPAIGN — Leave sliding for the water parks this summer.

In an effort to decrease the likelihood of "summer slide" for some students — the academic loss they face if they don't learn at all over the summer — the Champaign Public Library and Unit 4 struck a deal that gives previously excluded district students a chance to use the library.

Champaign high school students to receive laptops

CHAMPAIGN — A Chromebook in every hand: That’s Unit 4’s plan for all incoming high school students this year.

The school district announced via letter that all high-schoolers would not only receive the laptop, carrying case and charger for free, but could also keep them after graduating. The change also involves a few more staff and technology additions to the schools.

Mentor coordinator knows the power of making a connection

When it comes to the CU1to1 program, KARIDIA SHELBY has literally done it all.

A mentee who still keeps in touch with the mentor she met in third grade, Shelby also mentored a student not long after having a child of her own. That's how much the program meant to her.

Area schools plan for the worst in wake of more school shootings

CHAMPAIGN — After the year's 15th school shooting in which someone was either killed or injured — this time Friday morning in Noblesville, Ind. — Dan Jensen is fresh out of words of wisdom for his 16-year-old daughter.

The Champaign man tried to talk to her about the issue of gun violence at large after a March massacre left 17 dead at a high school in Parkland, Fla.