Donation lets Bailey Academy class go big

DANVILLE — For the last couple of years, Kenneth D. Bailey Academy students have been creating eye-catching educational posters, fliers and other printed material for classrooms throughout the Danville school district.

Now students said they'll be able to take their work to a new level thanks to a grant from AT&T.

PBL schools on soft lockdown after students hear possible threats

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district was placed on a soft lockdown Thursday afternoon after two Eastlawn Elementary students reported they heard two adult males making threatening statements while children were outside during recess.

Go figure: Aug. 27, 2015

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines


Activists hail new law on school discipline; districts say few changes needed

CHAMPAIGN — A new state law designed to keep kids in school and reduce racial disparity in student discipline numbers has two of Champaign-Urbana's most vocal activists saluting Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Grade school budget to be $167,000 in red

GIFFORD — Gifford Grade School anticipates a deficit budget of about $167,000 for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

"Our expected expenditures are down from the previous year, but our revenues are also down," Superintendent Rod Grimsley said.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

Broadcast news

The NFHS Network, the nation's leading high school sports media company, announced its list of Select and Elite high school broadcast programs.

Illinois was well-represented on both lists as nine of 37 Elite Schools were IHSA member high schools, and 14 more were on the Select list.

Enrollment increase spurs Unit 4 facilities talks

CHAMPAIGN — As district officials predicted, more than 200 additional students are enrolled in the Unit 4 schools this school year than during the 2014-15 year, pushing the Champaign school board to take steps Monday evening to reignite discussions about the district's overcapacity issues for the first time since April.

Just 1 Question: Top priority for Unit 4?

With the Champaign school board set to renew facility discussions, we asked community stakeholders: What should be priority No. 1?

'We are Salt Fork'

CATLIN — Carli Bird felt more than just the typical first-day-of-school jitters as she stepped into Salt Fork High School on Monday. She couldn't help but wonder if she — as a Fairmount-area resident and freshman, no less — would be looked upon as an outsider in the building, which had long served as Catlin High School.

Email from Killeen on transition team for Carle-UI College of Medicine

Email from University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen regarding the transition team for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.