John Roska: Enrolling kids requires no custody proof

Q: My sister's kids moved in with me while she's incarcerated. I don't have any kind of legal custody, or guardianship. They just live with me.

How do I enroll them in school? Can the school require me to have legal papers proving I have custody?

A chat with outgoing Unit 4 Superintendent Judy Wiegand

Heading into her last year as the head of the largest school district in Champaign County, Judy Wiegand reflects on the challenges, fulfillment and surprises that come with being Unit 4 superintendent.

You've worked in nearly ever administrative role there is in Unit 4. What made you apply for the top job?

For the retirees, Aug. 7-15, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Special meeting set Monday to choose new Salt Fork schools leader

SIDELL — The Salt Fork school district will start its second year under new leadership.

School board members are set to appoint a new superintendent at a special meeting Monday — just a week after accepting the resignation of current leader Phil Harrison.

Lead4Life teen members proud of event they planned

CHAMPAIGN — When the executive team members of Centennial High School's student-engagement committee, Lead4Life, began the program in seventh grade, they say they joined for something fun to do and an easy way to get out of class.

Tom's #Mailbag, Aug. 5, 2016

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UI salary freeze adds to flight risk, professors say

URBANA — Nighttime emails from the president are almost never good news, according to University of Illinois Professor Bruce Reznick.

And so the announcement that the university is again deferring a general salary-increase program until a state budget materializes was met with "dull disappointment combined with a lack of surprise," said Reznick, a professor of mathematics since 1979.

Little Lamb gears up for school year

CHAMPAIGN — Little Lamb Preschool is getting ready for a new school year — a sidewalk path for tricycles has been put in and now the fencing is going up as part of a new playground.

Head teacher Stephanie Middendorf said Little Lamb has moved into a new classroom in St. John Lutheran School, 509 S. Mattis Ave., C.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Graduation honors

— Kyle Stuckey, son of Lynn Stuckey, Champaign, earned a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude in government, from Lawrence University.

— Samantha Schroeder of Mahomet graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in education, from Miami University.

Champaign school board split on what to ask voters despite upbeat survey

CHAMPAIGN — After sharing the results of the phone survey Unicom conducted during July — which revealed 56 percent of respondents were in favor of a $158 million plan to update both high schools — an official from the community research company advised the board to put a referendum question on the ballot in November.