Getting Personal: Tony Maltbia

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 43-year-old Champaign resident Tony Maltbia, the newly named executive director of student, family and community support for Champaign's school district, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Maltbia's last position was administrator of the Novak Academy.

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Lead4Life teen members proud of event they planned

CHAMPAIGN — When the executive team members of Centennial High School's student-engagement committee, Lead4Life, began the program in seventh grade, they say they joined for something fun to do and an easy way to get out of class.

Special meeting set Monday to choose new Salt Fork schools leader

SIDELL — The Salt Fork school district will start its second year under new leadership.

School board members are set to appoint a new superintendent at a special meeting Monday — just a week after accepting the resignation of current leader Phil Harrison.

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Little Lamb gears up for school year

CHAMPAIGN — Little Lamb Preschool is getting ready for a new school year — a sidewalk path for tricycles has been put in and now the fencing is going up as part of a new playground.

Head teacher Stephanie Middendorf said Little Lamb has moved into a new classroom in St. John Lutheran School, 509 S. Mattis Ave., C.

UI salary freeze adds to flight risk, professors say

URBANA — Nighttime emails from the president are almost never good news, according to University of Illinois Professor Bruce Reznick.

And so the announcement that the university is again deferring a general salary-increase program until a state budget materializes was met with "dull disappointment combined with a lack of surprise," said Reznick, a professor of mathematics since 1979.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Graduation honors

— Kyle Stuckey, son of Lynn Stuckey, Champaign, earned a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude in government, from Lawrence University.

— Samantha Schroeder of Mahomet graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in education, from Miami University.

Champaign school board split on what to ask voters despite upbeat survey

CHAMPAIGN — After sharing the results of the phone survey Unicom conducted during July — which revealed 56 percent of respondents were in favor of a $158 million plan to update both high schools — an official from the community research company advised the board to put a referendum question on the ballot in November.

With new UI chancellor selected, focus turns to provost

URBANA — With a new chancellor on deck, the University of Illinois still has one high-profile "interim" position.

Champaign school board to hear results of facilities phone survey

CHAMPAIGN — Two new trailers were delivered to Champaign Central High School last week to help cushion the effects of overcrowding this fall.

That brings the total number of portable classrooms in the district to 10, with two outside Centennial High School, three at Jefferson Middle School and one each at Barkstall Elementary, South Side Elementary and the former Columbia school.