Tech revolution happening in Arcola schools

ARCOLA — With a population of less than 3,000, Arcola is known far and wide as the gateway to Illinois Amish Country, the broom corn capital of the world and, lately, a leading innovator in educating by iPad.

Oakwood schools union, district reach agreement

OAKWOOD — One day after a 10-hour bargaining session ended with no deal, Oakwood teachers and staff approved a new contract with the school board Thursday.

Westville taps Oakwood administrator for position

WESTVILLE — The Westville school board has named Aaron Hird as the district's next director of operations.

Hird, who currently serves as principal of Oakwood Grade School, will come to the Westville district starting on July 1. He will take the position currently held by Seth Miller, who is moving up to become district superintendent after Jim Owens' retirement on June 30.

Substitute aides get raise in Mahomet-Seymour

MAHOMET — Several months after substitute teachers in the Mahomet-Seymour school district got a pay raise, substitute aides are getting a raise as well.

LeRoy students get chance to explore possibilities

LEROY — High School Principal Steve Reschke filled the board in on an upcoming Idea Day that will engage students as to what other classes can be offered at LeRoy.

Unit 7 OKs $1 million bond issue

TOLONO — The Unit 7 school board approved the sale of a $1 million alternate revenue source general obligation bond.

Villa Grove schools plan upgrades

VILLA GROVE — Facility upgrades, including covering the current cinder track with asphalt, are in the works for 2015 in the Villa Grove school district.

Oakwood schools union wants board to make contract offer two-year deal rather than three

OAKWOOD — Oakwood teachers and staff voted Wednesday to accept the school board's latest contract offer, but only if it's a two-year agreement.

Dual-credit program puts student ahead of the game

CHAMPAIGN — Carlos Juarez has always loved being a repairman.

The Champaign Central High School senior grew up working on his little sister's bike, messing around with car engines with his friends and changing tires.

Talks to resume today over Oakwood teachers' contract

OAKWOOD — After a two-month-long impasse, the two sides of a teachers' contract dispute in Oakwood are expected to resume negotiations today.

Representatives of both the school board and Oakwood 76 Education Association said they're hopeful they can make progress, if not reach a tentative agreement, and avert a strike in the middle of the school year.