Foertsch: 'You have to be caring'

As a proud member of the Champaign Centennial High School marching band, Peter Foertsch was tooting his trumpet the day Barkstall Elementary School broke ground on its new gymnasium.

"Little did I know that one day I would teach here and eventually become interim principal," he said.

Top of the Morning, July 20, 2014

I'm not much into running.

But after hearing what the clever kids at Cissna Park High School are giving the fastest finishers at the upcoming Old Settlers Run 5K, I'm thinking of trading in the hightops for a pair of cross-trainers.

Forget about medals, ribbons and trophies. The winners get something much better, unless you're into counting calories:

Homemade pies.

Program boosts STEM activities for Danville elementary students

DANVILLE — Last year, a classroom at South View Middle School looked more like an engineering lab.

School district wants Dodds land for Central

The Champaign school district has formally requested the use of 60 acres at Dodds Park for a future Central High School site.

Which way would you vote? Tell Tom Kacich about it here

'If you think you can do it, you can'

DANVILLE — Four days into designing an insect-themed pinball machine and building it with cardboard, a cereal box and parts of an old DVD player, 9-year-old Angolina Anderson and 8-year-old Carter Block were ready to attach a main feature.

Survey: Support in Monticello for new high school

MONTICELLO — A recent survey revealed that city residents believe the best solution for upgrading school facilities is to build a new Monticello High School, not renovate the current one.

Drop in enrollment hurts Parkland budget

CHAMPAIGN — An enrollment decline is being blamed for Parkland College ending the most recent fiscal year with an estimated $2.7 million deficit.

Danville school board OKs raises

DANVILLE — Twenty-seven Danville school administrators and nine non-union flat-salaried employees will receive raises this year.

The school board on Wednesday approved a 2014-15 salary schedule, which include the increases, totaling $85,895 — $73,084 for administrators, and $12,811 for the other employees.

Danville schools? There's an app - and new web design - for that

Last week, after six months’ work, the Danville school district launched a redesigned website and new School Connect phone application to better communicate with parents, students and the community.

“We’re really excited. We were in desperate need of a new one,” webmaster DeWayne Towe said of

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Monmouth College honors

Monmouth College's Megan A. Haynes of Bismarck was inducted into Sigma Omicron Mu, an upperclass fraternity for students who maintain a 3.615 GPA or above. A senior business administration major, she is the daughter of Paul and Julianne Haynes of Bismarck.