Champaign teachers union: Facilities referendum not only issue

CHAMPAIGN — Leaders of the Unit 4 teachers union are concerned the heightened focus on the facilities referendum this summer is distracting the district from addressing the needs of its employees.

Since you asked: Unit 4 facilities proposal

TODAY'S ONLINE QUESTION: How many school districts statewide have asked taxpayers to OK $200 million-plus in facility upgrades?

DACC gives fitting tribute to man who helped horticulture building bloom

DANVILLE — Last spring, Danville Area Community College President Alice Jacobs and Julius W. Hegeler were having a casual conversation when Hegeler unceremoniously asked Jacobs what she needed — something of a practice with his closest associates in recent years.

Jacobs mentioned the college's aging ornamental horticulture building needed help.

Just 1 Question: 'Mindful Teacher, Mindful Kids'

A local nonprofit is helping bring meditation and mindfulness practices to Champaign-Urbana classrooms.

Last September, The Mindful Teacher Foundation launched its "Mindful Teacher, Mindful Kids" professional development program for area educators.

The $231 million questions for Unit 4 board president

We won't till Monday exactly how much more in property taxes Champaign school district homeowners will be asked to pay in November, but if the district's facilities proposal is approved Nov. 8, it will be noticeable.

Salt Fork board names elementary principal next superintendent

SIDELL — The Salt Fork school board didn't have to look far for its next superintendent.

Members voted unanimously at a special meeting on Monday evening to promote Phil Cox to the job.

Champaign schools referendum gets a price: $231,600,000

CHAMPAIGN — $231.6 million.

That's the number Champaign voters will be asked to approve on the ballot in November to renovate and expand six Unit 4 schools.

Superintendent shopping season's here

In 2012, the Champaign school board paid a Minneapolis-based search firm more than $20,000 to find the district's next leader.

The board wound up hiring someone from just down the hall at the Mellon Administrative Center, promoting Judy Wiegand from assistant superintendent to the top job.

For the retirees, Aug. 7-15, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

A chat with outgoing Unit 4 Superintendent Judy Wiegand

Heading into her last year as the head of the largest school district in Champaign County, Judy Wiegand reflects on the challenges, fulfillment and surprises that come with being Unit 4 superintendent.

You've worked in nearly ever administrative role there is in Unit 4. What made you apply for the top job?