PHILO — When Bob Trost was visiting his native Philo in 2005, it bothered the Dallas businessman that the Trost name wasn't among the many in the program for the centennial at St. Thomas Catholic Grade School.
After all, his family's Philo roots reached to the 1890s, when his farmer grandfather, Eli Trost, built a home there.
Thirty-five Champaign public-school students will be honored at the Martin Luther King Jr. Creative Expressions Competition event from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at Krannert Center. Unit 4 students garnered 12 winning entries and 23 honorable mentions. Of the total 207 contest entries, 182 came from Unit 4 schools but other schools submitted works, too.
WESTVILLE — A report on possible consolidation options with the neighboring Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district should be ready in early April, Westville's superintendent says.
Jim Owens said that Midwest School Consultants of Springfield, which was contracted by the two districts to conduct the study, is still in the data-collection phase of the project.
TOLONO — The Unit 7 school board plans to adopt a resolution at its next meeting showing support for a new statewide education plan.
CHAMPAIGN — Whoever is chosen on Feb. 17 to serve on the Parkland College board will jump right into the community college's budget woes on Feb. 18.
That's when the board has scheduled a workshop on its ongoing budget problems.
URBANA — As a veteran himself, Kyle Kostelecky has seen what can happen to wounded veterans trying to adjust to college life, or life in general, and the pride that prevents them and their families from asking for help.
They've been trained by military life to pull up their bootstraps and stand on their own.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education is asking lawmakers to provide an additional $730 million in fiscal year 2016 for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade funding.
MAHOMET — The old Middletown school is scheduled to come down this month — but Mahomet-Seymour officials say local residents will have a chance to keep a piece of it.
Superintendent Rick Johnston said at Tuesday night's school board meeting that asbestos removal from the 95-year-old building is now complete.
CHAMPAIGN — Applications will be taken until Feb. 13 to fill a vacancy on the Parkland College Board of Trustees, trustees decided Wednesday night.
Following a lengthy executive session, board members decided to hear from applicants to fill the two years remaining on the term of board chairman Tom Bennett, who resigned effective Thursday to become a full-time state representative.