Some concerned over plan for librarian at GCMS

GIBSON CITY — Concerns were expressed to the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board about its proposal to replace the high school's librarian with a library clerk.

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Life remembered: Schweighart dedicated, inspirational

CHAMPAIGN — Area residents remembered Greg Schweighart as a dedicated parent and coach who inspired young people to be their best.

DACC honors sheriff

DANVILLE — DACC has named Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn Named a distinguished alumnus.

Hartshorn, who graduated from DACC with an associate of science degree in 1971, will become the college's nominee for the statewide honor from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.

School board candidate Armstrong: Trust has collapsed

CHAMPAIGN — She's a mother of four, a business manager for a family-focused website and an accountant for her family's 63-year-old local lumber company.

And that's just the pace Amy Armstrong prefers.

"You don't want me sitting around with time to spare," she said. "I'm not someone who can sit on the sidelines and watch things happen. I like to get involved."

Bement renews administrator contracts

BEMENT — The school board renewed the contracts of middle school/high school Principal Doug Kepley and Curriculum Coordinator Jill Lawson.

Kepley's deal now runs through the 2016-17 school year; Lawson's is through 2015-16.

M-S board candidates address maintaining quality

MAHOMET — The three candidates running for two open seats on the Mahomet-Seymour school board were asked at a forum last week how they would maintain the district's ranking as one of the best in Illinois.

Challenger Ken Keefe said he's a proponent of reducing class size, balancing the budget and increasing the amount of instructional time devoted to science, technology and math.

Students helping with Danville High School master plan

DANVILLE — When Danville High School students look around their campus, they see a lot of room for improvement.

Bill on Bible colleges fails in Senate committee

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that would have permitted a religious institution to grant degrees without approval by the Illinois Board of Higher Education failed in the Senate Higher Education Committee.

The measure, SB 1609, was rejected, 7-3, on a party-line vote.

Monticello school board OKs tech upgrade

MONTICELLO — The school board approved a four-year, $180,000 project to upgrade the technology infrastructure in the district.

It will involve a tenfold upgrade in the data capacity of the wiring to 10 GB, new switches to take advantage of the new fiber optic data network and upgrading wireless access points.