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.

Plan to monitor new dress code

Officials report 99% student compliance

DANVILLE — School officials have enjoyed seeing students coming to class in polo shirts and solid-colored skirts and pants this year.

What's cool in school: Aviation club has taken off

CHAMPAIGN — While most of his St. Thomas More classmates eagerly await getting their driver's licenses when they turn 16, Akshat Tyagi has his sights set on a more elevated highway — the sky.

The high school sophomore has been flying airplanes since he was 12. He plans to get his pilot's license in a couple of weeks when he turns 16, a feat he's been dreaming of for years.

More shuttered schools, consolidations ahead

In another few weeks, the only thing left of Atwood-Hammond High School will be a pile of souvenir bricks.

On Aug. 29, students began attending Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School under the newly configured Arthur school district.

Judah Christian gift a father's dream realized

CHAMPAIGN — Gene A. Salmon didn't have a lot of hobbies. He liked his job, loved his family and was passionate about Christian education.

He also knew the value of hard work, and demonstrated it throughout his life — starting as a bookkeeper for Cross Construction, the Urbana-based company he'd eventually go on to own.

Online survey invites opinions on qualities for next Danville schools chief

DANVILLE — Rene Quintana believes the next leader of Danville school district should be an effective communicator and a good listener.

"They need to be willing to listen if someone has a concern," said Quintana, the mother of a South View Middle School student.

Students voice contrary views on Salaita controversy

URBANA — In Chancellor Phyllis Wise's presence, University of Illinois students on Wednesday night jumped into the tug-of-war debate over administrators halting the appointment of would-be American Indian Studies Professor Steven Salaita.

UI-Chicago comes forward with rival med-school proposal

A plan for a new engineering-based college of medicine at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus has prompted a competing proposal from the UI College of Medicine in Chicago, and it goes something like, "We've got this."