Danville school district hires familiar face as next superintendent

DANVILLE – Mark Denman feels honored to have been named the Danville schools' next superintendent and looks forward to the challenges the job will bring.

"In my view, it's the opportunity of a lifetime," said the associate superintendent, who got the news from school board President Randal Ashton early Thursday morning.

Mark Denman chosen Danville school superintendent

DANVILLE – Danville schools Associate Superintendent Mark Denman will step into the district's top job next year.

School officials on Thursday announced he was selected to replace Superintendent Nanette Mellen, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Westville school officials approve tax levy

WESTVILLE – School officials approved a $2.26 million tax levy for the upcoming year on Wednesday, an increase of about 1 percent over the current levy.

Superintendent Jim Owens said the levy would generate about $71,000 more than the current, $2.19 million levy.

Rantoul school board adopts tax levy

RANTOUL – The Rantoul City Schools board adopted a $4.11 million property-tax levy that includes an increase more than twice the size of the increase the district is likely to receive.

"Do we think we'll get $4.11 million?" Superintendent Bill Trankina asked. "Just the opposite. This is a fudge factor because the tax year isn't over."

Holy Cross eighth-grader takes acts of service to extreme

MANSFIELD – Whether she is collecting gently used shoes or making comforting fleece blankets, Faith Taylor knows that the best gifts come from the heart.

This fall, Faith, 13, of Mansfield took an interest in serving her community. From Sept. 8 to 23, she collected 620 pairs of gently worn shoes to donate to Soles4Souls, a charity that distributes shoes to those in need.

Pilot arts program spurs students' creativity, social skills

CHAMPAIGN – Kavyasri Deevi decided to try something different in her after-school art class at Franklin Middle School. She loves fashion, so she spent the last couple of months making a dress.

The blue strapless silk dress she sewed was on display in Franklin's library Wednesday evening, along with drawings, paintings, clay sculpture, and a stuffed animal. The Franklin students who created them were part of a pilot arts education program, the After School Arts Program, or ASAP.

DACC foundation taking applications for 2009-10 scholarships

DANVILLE – Applications are now available for more than 200 scholarships to Danville Area Community College offered by the college's foundation for the 2009-10 school year.

This year, the foundation awarded more than $230,000 in scholarships to full- and part-time students.

Parkland College trustees declare intent to issue funding bonds

CHAMPAIGN – The Parkland College Board of Trustees passed a resolution declaring its intention to issue $34.7 million in funding bonds to pay for construction and remodeling work in the first phase of its campus master plan.

The resolution was the next step in obtaining funding for the projects.

GCMS school district's final levy proposal increases slightly

GIBSON CITY – The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district changed its annual levy before giving final approval because of some good news: The district's assessed valuation turned out to be $5 million higher than projected.

Superintendent Chuck Aubry said he had estimated total assessed valuations from portions of the district's four counties to be $90 million, but the final total exceeded $95 million.

Sales tax for schools will be on spring ballot

URBANA – Voters will once again decide whether to approve a 1-cent sales tax to help pay for school building improvements or new construction.

The Urbana school board on Tuesday night approved putting the countywide sales tax question on the ballot in April. The Champaign school board passed a resolution to do so last week.