Unit 4 planning panel decides to change time frame

URBANA – When a group of community leaders met Wednesday night to begin discussing the future of the Champaign school district, they were told the planning was in their hands, not with the school board or district administrators.

So right away they revised what they are being asked to do.

Cerro Gordo opts out of co-op feasibility study

Cerro Gordo school officials have opted out of joining a cooperative high school feasibility study, but administrators from Arthur, Atwood-Hammond, Bement and Lovington will go forward.

After an October meeting with William Phillips, a professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield, school administrators decided the most attractive option for reorganization would be to convert the five K-12 districts into five K-8 districts with a new cooperative high school district.

Salaries, renovations may come from Westville tax levy

WESTVILLE – School officials unveiled a tentative $2.28 million tax levy for the upcoming year on Wednesday, and plan to approve it following a special hearing at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19.

Superintendent Jim Owens said Wednesday the tentative levy would be a little more than 5 percent higher than the current, $2.03 million extension. State law requires a hearing when the increase is more than 5 percent.

Unit 4 panel to get ball rolling on long-range planning

CHAMPAIGN – A group of community leaders will begin the work of long-range planning for the Champaign school district's building and educational needs when it meets Wednesday night.

The "vision committee" will meet for the first time at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U., on the University of Illinois campus. The meeting is open to the public, but seating is limited.

Georgetown seeks bids for school bus leases

GEORGETOWN – School officials voted Monday to seek bids for the lease of five new school buses.

Superintendent Kevin Tate said the lease agreement with five route buses used by the district will expire on June 30, and he wants to replace them with new buses.

New ultrasound program up for DACC board approval

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College could offer a new health care professional program next year.

On Tuesday, board members will vote on whether to approve adding a three-semester diagnostic medical sonography certificate program.

Tuscola fans cheer team despite their loss in state finals

CHAMPAIGN – As the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard clock Friday at Memorial Stadium, disappointed Tuscola fans continued to stand and applaud.

Their Warriors had fallen 35-7 to the Galena Pirates, but the Tuscola fans said they remained proud of their team.

Westville falls short of title for second straight year

CHAMPAIGN — For the second consecutive year, Westville fell one win short of a state championship.

That didn't make it any less special for coach Guy Goodlove.

"They kept fighting until the end," said Goodlove, who was quick to point out how proud he was of the Tigers reaching back-to-back Class 2A title games.

Science projects are successful collaborations

RANTOUL – Sam Paris-Cheaton's prize-winning project started with a question in chemistry class at Rantoul Township High School.

Teacher Tom Gelsthorpe said Sam, then a sophomore, took an interest in the organic LED lights lesson he was teaching and asked if they would work with plastic. Together they tackled that electronic and molecular challenge as a project for the NAACP's ACT-SO program.

Galena ends Tuscola's bid to repeat as champs

CHAMPAIGN – The folks at Schlarman can breathe easier now. The Hilltoppers of 1980 and '81 are still the only area football teams to repeat as state champions.

Tuscola's bid to make it two in a row ended with today's 35-7 loss to unbeaten Galena at a frigid Class 1A state championship game at Memorial Stadium.