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.

Top DACC officials get contract extensions

DANVILLE — The Danville Area Community College board has approved new contracts for the college's top two administrators to prevent losing them due to pension reform.

Both President Alice Jacobs and Chief Academic Officer Dave Kietzmann could face substantial losses to their future pension if they failed to retire by May 30.

Ed funding bill allowing mandate waivers may be gutted

SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois Senate committee has amended a far-reaching education funding bill with a provision allowing local school districts to opt out of dozens of instructional mandates, including driver's education.

Unit 4 Schools hall monitor resigns

A hall monitor in Champaign public schools has resigned after he was accused of groping a female student in a school last year.

Twenty-seven year-old Herbert Howard had faced a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in court. But that charge was ultimately dismissed after officials became concerned about the emotional toll the case would take on the 13 year-old victim.

Urbana's plan: Renovation without taxation

Good news, Urbana: Many of the district's schools will receive multimillion-dollar upgrades — and your property tax bills won't soar because of it.

Good plan or not? Ask Tom Kacich about it here

Champaign polling residents on high school site

CHAMPAIGN — If you're a registered voter living in the Champaign school district, you might be getting a call today asking which site you prefer for the new Central High School.

Send us your question about Central - past, present or future - by clicking here

UI committee told confidentiality important in president search

A presidential search committee convened its first session in public Monday but one of the key messages was "confidentiality."

The 19 members of a search committee charged with finding a successor to UI President Bob Easter were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement and take other measures to ensure no candidates' names are leaked.

Kirk gives Gifford class flag from Capitol

GIFFORD — Eighth-grade students from Gifford Grade School were presented with a special American flag during their recent class trip to Washington D.C.

Wise: 'We're going slowly' on UI-Carle idea

URBANA — University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said she is seeking input from the members of the local community and the Chicago campus — critics included — on a proposal to establish an independent medical school in Champaign-Urbana.

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