Ex-UI administrators call for changes on Board of Trustees

URBANA – Four past leaders of the University of Illinois are calling for major changes on the UI Board of Trustees to protect the "integrity" of the school following reports of a politically compromised admissions process.

Trustees appointed by former governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich have "pursued personal interests and saw themselves accountable only to the governor" rather than acting as stewards of the university, the former presidents and chancellors said in a strongly worded letter to the Illinois Admissions Review Commission.

Danville school board likely to decide on donated site

DANVILLE – More than a year after the old Walgreens Accounting building was offered to the Danville school district as a donation, school board members on Wednesday could vote on whether to accept it.

"We want to make a decision so we can move forward," Superintendent Mark Denman said.

Prairie school, others getting greener

URBANA – Prairie Elementary School is one of three public schools in the state chosen to participate in a pilot program to make its operations more environmentally friendly.

Urbana district doing more than $1 million in upgrades

URBANA – Before too long, Prairie Elementary School could look like a different school.

The school's classrooms are getting remodeled this year, and the playground will be repaved. The kitchen is getting all-new appliances. And the school was chosen for a project to begin this fall to look at ways to make it more energy-efficient.

Magnet school themes on Champaign agenda

CHAMPAIGN – After delaying a vote last month on magnet school themes for Garden Hills and Washington elementary schools, the Champaign school board is scheduled to consider the matter again at its Monday meeting.

The board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St.

Catlin Grade School principal to retire

CATLIN – School board members approved the retirement of Catlin Grade School Principal Dennis Buesking on Thursday and are seeking to fill the position.

Superintendent Gary Lewis said Buesking, who had spent almost 30 years with the Catlin school district and was named principal in 2005, submitted a letter to the board announcing his retirement effective June 30.

Danville High School Wall of Fame nominations sought

DANVILLE – What do Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Kenneth Bailey, astronaut Joe Tanner, Oscar winner Gene Hackman, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Kim Crockett and community leader Dwight Lucas have in common?

They're all members of Danville High School's Wall of Fame.

Westville Public Library seeks photos of area's settlers

WESTVILLE – "Emigrant Trains Across America: Destination Westville" is the theme of a new project at the Westville Public Library.

The library is seeking photographs of ancestors who settled in Westville when they came to America along with their last name and home country.

Champaign students prepare for Advanced Placement work

CHAMPAIGN – It may be summer, but Myha Brown is spending her mornings in the classroom, getting a head start on the Advanced Placement history class she'll take this fall.

The Centennial junior is participating in a new program to help juniors and seniors from Central and Centennial high schools in Champaign prepare for AP classes. Brown said the class is helping her better understand the summer reading assignment.

Danville school to get award for focus on improving health

DANVILLE – Northeast Elementary Magnet School in Danville will be in the national spotlight in August for its efforts to create a healthy school environment for students and staff.