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.
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 — 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.
By Kathy Sweedler/University of Illinois Extension
Summertime! It's a wonderful time of year to slow down and relax after a busy school year of homework, events and bustling to be on time. Summer also is a chance for children to practice life skills, including money management. Of course, the lessons need to be both age-appropriate and fun.
URBANA — A town hall meeting has been set for Wednesday to gather input about the University of Illinois' next president.
It will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Beckman Auditorium, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. Other town hall meetings have been scheduled this week on the UI's Chicago and Springfield campuses.
CHAMPAIGN — Ask Tamala Everett who would benefit from getting a massage, and she asks, who wouldn't?
Her clients bring their stress and aches and pains — and she knows after a massage, they always leave feeling better.
"Massage is good," Everett says. "More people need to be getting them for mental and physical health."
Strack questions district's Spalding calculations; Unit 4 cites 'apparent political agenda'
CHAMPAIGN — An architect who put together a site plan for a new Central High School at Spalding Park says the school district has well-overestimated what it would cost to build there, while Unit 4 officials stand behind their estimates.
Since the Danville school district placed school resource officers at the high school and two middle schools, the number of expulsions and disturbances at those schools has decreased, according to the city's public safety director.
URBANA — Drawing on a cooking analogy, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said the proposal for a new, engineering-focused medical school in Champaign-Urbana is "still being baked."
In fact, not all the ingredients have been mixed together yet.
"There's a lot more work to be done," she said Wednesday while meeting with a group of faculty in Urbana.
URBANA — Four Urbana schools can be expected to see significant building improvements within the next few years.
But upgrades at two elementary schools are probably still several years away.
The Urbana school board this week unanimously approved a list of four priorities for facilities work.