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.


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.

Family checkbook: Introduce children to money-related apps

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.

Town hall set on qualities for next UI president

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.

Massage therapy emerges as frequent second career

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."

Architect: Site estimates overblown

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.

Fourth school officer urged for Danville

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.

To-do list for future med school a long one

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 school board targets four schools for facility improvements

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.

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