Waukegan schools, teachers reach tentative deal

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Negotiating teams for the Waukegan teachers union and school district reached a tentative contract agreement early Thursday after a four-week teacher strike.

G-RF students work to stop bullying

GEORGETOWN — It's quite common for Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School students to show their school spirit by wearing purple, white and gold attire.

But on Tuesday, students and staff throughout the district traded in T-shirts and hoodies in their school colors for blue shirts to make a statement against bullying.

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Confronting meth

VILLA GROVE — "How many of you know what meth is?"

About 75 percent of the Villa Grove High School student body shot their hands in the air after Illinois State Trooper Tracy Lillard asked the question.

The response surprised Lillard, who admitted she didn't know what the drug was back when she was in school.

Schoonover appointed new principal at Edison Middle School

CHAMPAIGN — Edison Middle School has a new principal.

The Champaign school board voted 6-0 on Monday night to appoint Angela Schoonover to the position.

Schoon­over, 33, comes to Edison from Centennial High School, where she has served as assistant principal since August 2010.

New facilities could spur achievement, officials say

CHAMPAIGN — If voters approve increasing taxes for a new Central and renovated Centennial High School on Nov. 4, district residents might see increased academic performance among high school students, school officials say.

Slate of candidates coming up for Danville schools chief

DANVILLE — Danville school board members this week will get their first glimpse at the contenders for the school district's top job.

SchoolExec Connect consultants Kathy Robbins and Diane Robertson will present a slate of about six candidates to the board at special meeting on Wednesday.

The meeting will be closed to the public for the purpose of discussing personnel.

Study: Staying put may provide only temporary solution

CHAMPAIGN — Just days before the Champaign school board voted in August to put a bond issue for a new Central High School on the Nov. 4 ballot, district architects completed a study on the expansion possibilities in Central's current neighborhood.

Middletown demolition plans move forward

MAHOMET — Now that students and staff are settled into the new Middletown Prairie Elementary, Mahomet-Seymour school district officials are setting a timeline for the demolition of the old Middletown building on Division Street.

Mahomet-Seymour moves graduation to Krannert

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour's graduation ceremony is changing venues this school year.

Anyone who's been to commencement in the past few years knows it can be an ordeal, Principal Shannon Cheek said, citing frequent complaints about poor sound quality, cramped seating and — above all — the oppressive heat.

"This has been a topic of conversation for many years," he said.