Summer work keeping things cool in DeLand-Weldon

DeLAND — DeLand-Weldon students received a cool reception when they returned to school on Aug. 20 — but in a good way.

Every classroom, the gymnasium and the cafeteria now have air conditioning. It's all part of a $2 million upgrade to district buildings that was conducted during the spring and summer.

Teacher looks online for help with new classroom

CHAMPAIGN — Wanting only the best for the four special kids she gets to teach this year, Grace Steging did what any ambitious recent college grad in need of assistance would do.

She went to the Internet.

Ludlow school board OKs budget

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School's 2014-15 budget will be balanced.

The school board approved the budget, which shows $115,909 more in receipts than expenditures. Anticipated revenues are $1,012,969; anticipated expenditures run $897,050.

Jefferson students take top school spot for a day

CHAMPAIGN — Four students arrived at Jefferson Middle School at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, strapped on administrative badges, were given coffee cups (filled with water), grabbed clipboards and began their day telling their classmates not to run in the halls.

Two show up for Centennial tour

CHAMPAIGN — A pair of local voters turned out for Tuesday morning's second community tour of Centennial High School, where their children or grandchildren could be students a few years from now.

Matt Wilson, a Champaign resident with three kids at Bottenfield Elementary, said he wanted to get an objective view on facility conditions in order to make an informed vote in November.

Thomasboro 5th/6th-grade mixed hoops team OK'd

THOMASBORO — The Thomasboro school board recently approved a fifth/sixth-grade mixed basketball team to play during the boys' fifth/sixth-grade season.

LIVE: Salaita on campus

Coverage of the appearance by Steven Salaita and planned campus walk-out from classes.

Models of education

CHAMPAIGN — On Monday evening, the Unit 4 school board approved plans to implement a Community Schools model at three north Champaign elementary schools — Garden Hills, Stratton and Booker T. Washington STEM Academy.

Unity march set in Danville

DANVILLE — The community is invited to join the fifth annual Unity in the Community March for Academic Excellence on Saturday.

The march, which is being sponsored by The Danville Caucus, begins at 1 p.m. at the Dollar General parking lot, corner of Griffin and Main streets, and will end with a rally at Carver Park.

Bullet found at GCMS spurs lockdown

GIBSON CITY — A .22-caliber bullet was found inside Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School before classes started Monday morning, prompting a brief lockdown.