New school year: New buildings, uniform codes, principals ... the list goes on

It's a new school year, and across East Central Illinois, a year for breaking in new or newly-renovated buildings, new policies, even new leaders.

Danville schools budget sees red by year's end

As proposed, budget projects $2.46 million deficit

DANVILLE — The Danville school district would end the current fiscal year in the red under a proposed budget that will be presented today.

Interstate Central site could be costly

The price tag for a new Central High School north of Champaign is estimated at $98 million, but a new draft report estimates the long-term cost to the community could be far more — nearly $140 million in lost property tax revenue and added maintenance, transportation, environmental and health costs.

Danville hopes to make school meals free for all students

DANVILLE — Greg Lazzell often likes to point out that Danville students receive one of the cheapest square meals in town.

He hopes to make it even cheaper for more students in the 2015-16 school year. As in free for everyone.

Caution urged as school resumes

From the Champaign police department:

As students return to school on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, the Champaign Police Department is reminding motorists and pedestrians to observe applicable laws near school zones.

Rantoul chamber director leaves for aviation institute job

RANTOUL — After leading the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce for the past two years, Mandy Briggs will return to her first love — flying.

A licensed pilot, the chamber's director has resigned from the post to take a position with the Parkland College Institute of Aviation, where she will teach aviation courses.

Catlin school board OKs budget

CATLIN — School officials approved a tentative $4.46 million budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year that includes a $160,000 deficit.

AUDIO: new school year brings full implementation of new learning standards

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It's back to school week for kids in Champaign and Urbana public schools.  And for teachers, it's time to face the music on a new set of learning standards.  Tim Ditman has more.


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Budget plan leaves DACC room to grow

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College officials will unveil a proposed budget for the new fiscal year that will allow the college to complete a much-needed building expansion, continue updating computers and technology on campus and convert three part-time positions to full-time, among other things.

New path to a degree on the table

CHAMPAIGN — At a community college, you can finish work on a high school diploma, earn a certificate in anything from software to automotive technology, get your associate's degree, brush up on a foreign language or try flower-arranging.

In the future, you might also be able to earn a bachelor's degree at an Illinois community college.

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