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.

'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.

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?

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.

NIU and Rockford community college announce partnership

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University has partnered with a community college to offer engineering degrees at a campus in Rockford.

'Blue ribbon' committee proposed for Unit 4 facilities

CHAMPAIGN — With the new-look Champaign school board set to begin another round of facility discussions tonight, a leader of the grass-roots group that opposed the district's last two bids has come up with a plan he believes will work for both sides.

4 major networks set to air education fundraiser

NEW YORK (AP) — The four largest broadcast networks will simultaneously air a fundraising special for education next month featuring Stephen Colbert, Scarlett Johansson and other celebrity entertainers.

They're with the bands

Sometimes the game is really exciting, and sometimes less so. The marching band has the job of choosing songs and tempos to try to keep those spirits up no matter what is happening on the field — all while marching and forming intricate patterns.