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