2007 graduates' Money Smart video takes top prize

CHAMPAIGN – Just how "money-smart" is the average college student?

Depends on whom you ask. When Sam Carmichael and Jack Ross asked, they found some were working at part-time jobs and thinking about how to invest. Others were relying on their parents to pay for college and were spending their spare time on Facebook, rather than earning money.

Principal finalist talks about background

CHAMPAIGN – The sole finalist for principal of Edison Middle School is an assistant principal in Arizona, a native Spanish speaker and an immigrant from Panama.

Carmela Levy talked with parents and teachers Wednesday night at a community forum at the school.

Unit 7 board reviews possible placement of sidewalks

TOLONO – Students walking to Unity High School and Unity Junior High School may have sidewalks to get there next year, but it's not yet clear where they will be.

Superintendent Michael Shonk told the Unit 7 school board Wednesday that he had met with Tolono Village Engineer David Happ about sidewalks the village is proposing to build leading to the high school and junior high complex. One sidewalk would come from the Kinderwood South subdivision west of the schools, while another would come from older homes north of the schools.

Labor day comes early

VILLA GROVE – The end of the school year holds a special kind of promise.

Tests are completed; papers handed back. The seniors donned their caps and gowns and flipped their tassels Friday. Students buzz with anticipation, summer's languid days imminent. It seems it could stretch on forever.

Soccer supporters push to include program at school

Nearly 50 people attended the St. Joseph-Ogden High School board's meeting Tuesday night in support of getting a varsity soccer program up and running at the high school in the fall. Those in attendance said they were a fraction of the people from the community who are directly involved with the sport via their children playing in St. Joseph's club soccer programs for students from grades K-12.

According to the club program's founder, Mary Hack, about 175 players are involved in the fall soccer season through all the levels, and those numbers have been consistent.

Danville school board fills most leadership posts

DANVILLE – The Danville school district is just one position away from having its administrative staff in place for the 2008-09 school year.

On Wednesday, school board members filled six key positions, including two elementary school principals, two Danville High School assistant principals and the administrators for the alternative school program and Danville High's Freshman House. The last two positions were created this year under a plan to improve alternative education programming in the district and another to boost instruction and student achievement at the high school.

Four at high school to take on new roles

DANVILLE – Four Danville High School leaders will take on new roles soon.

Danville school board members on Wednesday tapped Assistant Principal Mark Lindvahl as Edison Elementary School's principal.

Search for East Prairie principal begins

TUSCOLA – The Tuscola school board is searching for a new principal at East Prairie following Joe Yurko's resignation last week.

"It's nothing bad," said Yurko, who has been with the district since 2005. "I just had some opportunities that I had to follow."

Reading program makes sure kids stay sharp in summer

CHAMPAIGN – It happened every summer. Teachers at Washington Elementary School would work with their students all year to build their reading skills. Many of them started out reading below grade level, and they would get caught up during the school year.

But during their summer break, their reading would take a backward slide, and teachers would have to start again, working to bring the reading levels back up.

Danville school board to vote on acquiring building

DANVILLE – Several years ago, Danville schools officials looked into buying the old Walgreens Accounting building to have on hand for a school, but they shelved the idea because the price was too high.

Now they have a chance to get the building for free.