High school graduations: Pride, joy and tears

There were a few more tears than usual shed at Atwood-Hammond High School's commencement exercises — and not just by the graduates and their loved ones.

Unity boosters getting loan for concession/restroom building

TOLONO — The Unit 7 school district is loaning the Unity Athletic Alumni Association money for a new concession stand/restroom project at Unity High School's baseball field.

The project is being done to eliminate the need for rented portable restrooms.

Hearing set on Catlin-Jamaica school consolidation

DANVILLE — A public hearing on the proposed consolidation of the Catlin and Jamaica school districts will be held on June 3 at Danville Area Community College's Bremer Theater.

Prairieview-Ogden board sets prices

ROYAL — The Prairiview-Ogden school board this week approved keeping lunch prices the same next school year — $2.65 per lunch for students, $3 for adults.

The cost for registration/book fee, however, will increase. The fee was set at $95 per student — a $10 increase.

The board approved 2 percent pay increases for non-certified employees. Negotiations continue with teachers.

Danville program helps addicts rehab via creativity

DANVILLE — It's still early on Wednesday morning when Lisa Basham arrives to a brightly lit studio for her weekly art session. The Danville woman and several other participants help themselves to coffee and bagels, then chat quietly until instructor Ron Johnson arrives.

List of Villa Grove projects awaits staff, help

VILLA GROVE — A full slate of improvement projects will keep Villa Grove workers busy this summer.

Among the projects Superintendent Mary Ann Manos told the board would be completed by staff and extra help:

Q&A with Cathie Webber of Countryside School

Cathie Webber is the only leader the independent Countryside School has ever known since it opened with 12 students in a storefront next to a County Market in 1994.

Today, the K-8 school is 148 students strong and based in a building at 4301 W. Kirby Avenue in Champaign.

Tom Kacich: 50 years ago, baby boom hit UI enrollment

The proverbial handwriting had been on the wall since about 1946, but for some reason it was big news 50 years ago this week when the University of Illinois announced major enrollment restrictions on incoming freshmen, the result of the postwar "baby boom."

Urbana school board approves raises for non-union employees and administrators

URBANA — Urbana school district non-union employees and administrators will be getting a pay raise on July 1.

The Urbana school board voted 7-0 on Tuesday to approve a 3.1 percent pay increase for non-union support staff, clerical staff, maintenance and custodial staff and administrators for the 2014-15 school year.

Fisher school board makes changes to handbooks

Two changes added to handbook

FISHER — The Fisher school board approved changes to the two schools' handbooks. Both books will include a portion of the text of last year's Right to Privacy in the School Setting Act, which was passed by the General Assembly and became effective this year.

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