Families miss the bus on transportation info

CHAMPAIGN – There's a lot about starting school that can be intimidating. Making new friends. Meeting the teacher. Learning where the bathroom is.

And for many children, the first day of school also means the first time they ride a school bus.

Parkland College ends year on firm ground

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College ended its fiscal year on a positive financial footing, with revenues exceeding expenditures by nearly $2 million.

But board members Wednesday reviewed major upcoming bills that include the purchase of a new mainframe computer, which will cost $334,830 over a period of three years. The college is also shopping for new administrative software, which will likely cost more than $3 million.

Champaign school board picks two to work on facilities plan

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board appointed two of its members Tuesday night to begin the process of coming up with a master plan for building improvements for the district.

Kristine Chalifoux and Greg Novak were directed to come up with a proposed timeline and framework for developing the long-range plan, including who might serve on two planning groups.

Wounded Douglas County deputy dies

Long before television glamorized crime scene investigating, Tommy Martin was picking up clues at the scenes of horrific crimes using only his five senses.

The affable and professional law enforcement man died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, after being shot almost a month ago by two men police say were on a multicounty crime spree.

New ag teacher looks forward to 'great adventure'

MAHOMET – Even though school doesn't start until August, Mahomet-Seymour High School teacher Jennifer Wherley is getting comfortable in her new position.

Wherley took over Mahomet-Seymour's agriculture program July 1 and has been getting acquainted with her new students and the programs they participate in, including area fairs and their feed store at the high school.

Champaign school board to start discussing facilities plan

CHAMPAIGN – More than a year after voters rejected a bond proposal that would have built three new schools in Champaign and renovated others, the Champaign school board is again beginning to look at its building needs.

The board will talk about how it will develop a long-range facilities plan when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.

DACC board chairwoman elected secretary of state group

DANVILLE – A Danville Area Community College official has been elected as secretary of the Illinois Community College Trustees' Association.

Vickie Miller, chairwoman of the DACC board, was elected unanimously during the association's annual Board of Representatives meeting in June. Her one-year term began on July 1.

School districts provide funds for program

The Champaign and Urbana school districts will leave in place their site coordinators for the C-U One-to-One Mentoring Program.

The grant that paid for the site coordinators expired at the end of the last school year, but both districts included money in their budgets to continue the site coordinator positions for the coming school year.

DACC News TV to feature episode in Spanish

DANVILLE – When Patty Juarez graduated from high school, she went on to college. But after getting married, she dropped out to work at JC Penney.

"I didn't see the point of finishing," Juarez said. "I just wanted to get a job and start making money."

Rantoul school board fills two dean vacancies

RANTOUL – Filling personnel needs for the upcoming school year, Rantoul Township High School board members have hired two new deans.

New hires Christopher Garard and Todd Wilson will replace former deans Larry Maynard, who will become principal of Hoopeston Area High School, and Emily Weidner, who will be principal of Rantoul's Pathways program.