Updated: Survey shows more support for north site than Spalding

A Champaign school district poll of 400 likely voters showed nearly half prefer a site north of Market Place Mall for a new Central High School.

Where should Central be built? Let Tom Kacich know here

In-school officers endorsed

CHAMPAIGN — The program that embeds police officers in five Champaign schools has picked up a key endorsement heading into tonight's school board meeting.

Good move or not? Ask Tom here

Savoy speaks up on Champaign schools' resource officer program

The Champaign Unit 4 School District is expected to vote Monday night on whether to renew the contract for the school resource officer program with the city's police department, and one lesser-known contributor to the program is supportive of it continuing.

Camp at UI aims to get girls focused on computing

URBANA — Calla Carter, then an excited 14-year-old, arrived at a computer science camp in Connecticut, checked in to the girls cabin and wondered, where is everyone?

Turns out she was the single girl out of 60 campers attending the camp.

"I was all on my own," she said of the experience from several years ago.

PBL foundation awards grants to teachers

PAXTON — PBL district teachers have been awarded grants totaling $21,319 — including $18,000 to be used to help buy 68 iPads — from the PBL Education Foundation.

In a joint effort with the district, $18,000 in "tech grants" was awarded toward the $28,000 total cost of buying 18 iPads for the third grade, 12 for the fourth grade, 18 for the fifth grade and 20 for the seventh grade.

Heritage looks at inclement-weather policy for athletics

BROADLANDS — The Heritage school district is working to create a policy regarding athletic practices and inclement weather.

In the past, if school was canceled due to bad weather or roads, teams have still been permitted to hold practices.

GCMS board rejects leasing driver ed vehicle

By RYAN FERGUSON/Paxton Record

GIBSON CITY — The GCMS school board rejected leasing a new driver's education vehicle from Petersen Trackside Chevrolet/Buick at the rate of $415 per month. That's up $25 from last year.

Rather than lease a new vehicle, the board will look at purchasing one, with guidance from driver's education teacher Judy Weber-Jones.


Illinois governor signs anti-bullying bill

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' public schools will have to instate anti-bullying policies under a new law that Gov. Pat Quinn has signed.

Parkland's 'front door' now open

Freshly completed, renamed $35 million Student Union now welcoming visitors

CHAMPAIGN — Walls of windows and lots of natural light. Insulated, oak-paneled walls that reduce noise. Ceramic floor tiles. Plenty of lime and yellow accented chairs and couches.

And what is this about massages in the "stress reduction" room?

Danville contacts firms for superintendent search

DANVILLE — Danville school board members hope to interview representatives from several firms and a state organization next month to determine whether one will conduct its superintendent search.

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