Teens learn leadership lessons for future in new program

DANVILLE – Sharain Dunn enjoys living in Vermilion County so much that after college, she hopes to return to open her own business and raise a family.

To encourage more of her peers to do that, she said, people in the community must work together to make it a healthy, vibrant area with plenty of educational, employment, cultural, leisure and volunteer opportunities – and that includes teens.

UI, Wisconsin in tie for 39th best on magazine's list

URBANA – The University of Illinois has once again been recognized as one of the great state schools, along with Big Ten rivals Michigan and Wisconsin.

'Extreme Makeover' will put students, visitors at odds

TOLONO – Unit 7 officials want fans of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to watch for children in the area early next week.

It was announced Tuesday that Philo residents Nathan and Jenny Montgomery, whose children attend Unit 7 schools, were chosen by the show to get a brand-new home. Superintendent Michael Shonk told school board members Wednesday that show's representatives have said the family is returning to the home between 1 and 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Mansfield lands two Safe Routes to School grants

MANSFIELD – The village of Mansfield has received two grants for the Safe Routes to School program.

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently announced that the village was awarded $2,000 for educational materials and $15,000 for speed feedback trailers and signs. Trustee Bambie Roy wrote the grants with help in the planning stage from Blue Ridge School district administrators, Farnsworth Group engineers, and other trustees.

Registration for fall youth and adult classes now open

DANVILLE – The Danville Family YMCA is holding open registration for youth and adult program classes that will begin Sept. 14 at its facility, 1111 N. Vermilion St.

Classes are seven weeks in length. Youth classes include swim lessons, tae kwon do, gymnastics/tumbling and youth strength training. Adult classes include freestyle kickboxing, yoga, pilates and tae kwon do.

Heritage pushes forward on gym/cafeteria projects

HOMER – Heritage school board members adopted a $2.5 million debt resolution certificate, a first step toward issuing general obligation bonds to fully fund the planned gymnasium/cafeteria projects at each of the district's two schools.

The funds would be in addition to the $3 million already secured through bond sales for the project.

Westville school aid figures down; budget still viable

WESTVILLE – Superintendent Jim Owens said he is continuing to adjust the proposed $10.68 million budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year, but that a final version should be ready for school board approval at the Sept. 16 meeting.

Owens initially anticipated receiving about $10.6 million in revenues during the 2009-10 fiscal year, but is adjusting those figures as well.

Rossville-Alvin Grade School teachers get new contract

DANVILLE – Rossville-Alvin Elementary School teachers and noncertified staff are working under a new three-year contract today.

The Rossville school board unanimously approved the agreement earlier this week, Superintendent Randy Hird said. The Rossville-Alvin Education Association ratified it on Aug. 10, chief negotiator Debra Wilson said.

Four more University of Illinois trustees step down

URBANA – Four more University of Illinois trustees said they will resign in the ongoing fallout from an admissions scandal.

DACC trustees put 2010 budget proposal on display

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College will be able to launch its new wind energy technician program and expand its culinary arts program under a proposed balanced budget for the 2010 fiscal year.

Trustees on Tuesday approved putting the proposed spending plan of about $30.5 million on display for 30 days. It is available at the college, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.