Districts helping students get medically prepared for school

All Illinois sixth- and 12th-graders can expect an extra bit of pain at the doctor's office this summer.

In addition to the 11 other disease-prevention vaccinations kids are required to receive at various ages, Illinois students now must also get a meningitis prevention shot upon entering grades six and 12, the Illinois State Board of Education announced last week.

Schools defunct, but camaraderie isn't

PHILO — They came from as far back as the Class of 1942 and as far away as Oregon.

After all, it isn't every year that alumni from two defunct area high schools — Longview Township and Allerton/Broadlands/Longview, or ABL — get to relive their glory days with former classmates.

Superintendent named for DeLand-Weldon

DeLAND — The DeLand-Weldon school district has a new superintendent to pair with its new principal.

Jeff Holmes, who retired this summer after 11 years as Clinton's district superintendent, was introduced by school board members as D-W's new interim leader. He succeeds Gary Brashear, who submitted his resignation to the district earlier this summer.

GCMS budget shows another deficit

GIBSON CITY — Since 2011, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district has run a deficit of at least $218,000 in its annual budget, and that trend is expected to continue in the 2016 fiscal year.

Ex-superintendent hires attorney to sue district

VILLA GROVE — As the school board that fired her prepares to name her replacement, former Villa Grove Superintendent Mary Ann Manos on Tuesday took the first step toward suing the school district.

Mid-morning Tuesday, Manos told The News-Gazette, she signed an agreement with her new attorney — Charleston-based employment law specialist Sean Britton, of Britton & Swann LLC.

District set to name interim schools chief

VILLA GROVE — Whoever is named Thursday night to succeed Mary Ann Manos as Villa Grove superintendent, Chuck Knox wishes them the best of luck.

He or she will need it, says the longtime city resident and former Douglas County chairman.

Work progressing on Gifford Grade School

GIFFORD — Health and life safety projects are nearing completion at Gifford Grade School, Superintendent Rod Grimsley said.

Meningitis vaccine required for some Illinois students

MARION, Ill. (AP) — Starting this school year, students entering grades six and 12 in Illinois will need to have had a vaccine to prevent meningitis.

Couple offers farmland lease to DACC at no cost

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College students would be able to take their hands-on experience growing plants and produce to a new level thanks to a local couple.

Kristy Herr and Jerry Bartos are interested in leasing 5.5 acres of farmland, at 411 N. Daisy Lane, to DACC at no cost. The land would be used as a student learning laboratory.

Malinowski bequest provides tuition relief at St. Malachy

RANTOUL — A new grant has been established to help reduce tuition costs for students attending St. Malachy School.

The Centennial Tuition Grant is given in memory of the late Rev. Stanley Malinowski, who left funds in his estate for the school.