Academy links STEM lessons, families

CHAMPAIGN — When Reuben Chambers' artsy fourth-grade son joined a STEM-focused after-school program, he never imagined little Donovyn would wind up teaching him a thing or two about electrical engineering.

"It's endearing," Chambers said.

Johnson named president of GCMS board

GIBSON CITY — Josh Johnson was appointed president of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board, filling a position held for the past six years by Rod Cope.

Uni sends acceptance emails to wrong group

URBANA — At least 65 applicants hoping to attend Urbana University High next school year were mistakenly sent acceptance letters this week, school Director Jeff Walkington told The News-Gazette.

The mixup happened Monday, three days after official admission outcome letters were mailed out to families of all applicants, Walkington said.

On the money: A local look at the cost of doing business

$311 million

What Champaign County expects to collect from property taxpayers when all the cash is counted. That's up from about $303 million a year ago, says county Treasurer DAN WELCH.

Q&A: Delores Lloyd, Garden Hills principal

The most noticeable change in the classroom from the time little Delores Lloyd was learning her multiplication tables in Elgin to now?

A glimpse of future in classrooms today

WESTVILLE — At Westville High School, students are using digital cameras, iMacs and video-editing software to produce their biweekly news broadcast, "Tiger Tales."

Westville Junior High eighth-graders are powering on their laptops to solve real-world problems, such as which cellphone provider offers the best deal to its customers.

Superintendent honored by peers

WESTVILLE — Westville schools Superintendent Jim Owens was honored as a regional "Superintendent of Distinction" by the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

D-W principal announcement near

DELAND — DeLand-Weldon could name a new principal within a matter of days.

Superintendent Gary Brashear said Wednesday that a candidate has accepted the district's offer.

"We are in the contract phase, and once they sign, we will make a general announcement," Brashear said.

Judah Christian presents Into the Woods

The spring musical at Judah Christian School is Into The Woods, opening Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7 pm.

Kimberly Norton named new Danville High principal

DANVILLE — Kimberly Norton is heading back to high school next school year.

The Danville School Board on Wednesday evening approved appointing the Northeast Elementary Magnet School principal as Danville High’s next leader.

Norton will start her new duties on July 1. She will earn an annual salary of $105,000 plus benefits.