Champaign school site list down to 3 choices

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district has narrowed its search for a site for a new school on the north side of the city to three locations, and school officials expect to settle on one in the next month or so.

The sites are:

Rantoul districts send out letters about TIF district concerns

RANTOUL – Rantoul schools sent home letters to parents this week warning about the ramifications of the creation of a second tax increment financing district.

The letter, jointly signed by the school boards of Rantoul Township High School and Rantoul City Schools, expressed concerns that tax dollars intended for the schools might be shifted to nonschool projects within the district.

Edison students research history of school

CHAMPAIGN – Sixth-grade students at Edison Middle School are getting a glimpse of what life at their school was like in the past, through a history project.

It wasn't always a middle school. For four decades, it was Champaign High School.

Danville High School restructuring set for vote

DANVILLE – Danville school board members will vote Wednesday on a restructuring plan aimed at boosting student achievement at Danville High School.

The high school faces restructuring because juniors failed to meet state learning benchmarks the last five years. Also, the graduation rate fell just short of the state requirement in 2007.

Text-message alerts to become available at DACC

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College students and staff can soon sign up to get weather-related and emergency-warning messages via their cell phones.

DACC has a contract with a text-messaging company to provide the service.

High school band heading to Orlando

GEORGETOWN – The Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School Thunderin' Buffs Marching Band plans to perform in Orlando, Fla., next March.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm School Board members voted Monday to give band director Sara McGovern permission to pursue her plans to take the marching band and color guard to attend the Disney Magic Music Days next year.

Winning teacher tries to get to know students

CHAMPAIGN – Mallory Morris gets down to business as soon as her students enter her Jefferson Middle School classroom. The day's assignment is on the blackboard, and she quickly reviews what they'll do during class.

"We need to do some vocab review because our quizzes on Monday were abysmal," she says.

Arcola board close to naming superintendent

ARCOLA – School officials plan to have a new superintendent in place for the Arcola school district by July 1.

Interim Superintendent Richard Wilson said the school board recently interviewed three finalists for the position, and it conducted background checks on all three last week.

Emergency plans in place at DACC, Parkland

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College administrators, faculty and staff will be able to participate in an online seminar Tuesday to address how things have changed for campus security and for faculty since the Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University shootings, how to balance student privacy and intervention, and how to communicate with students and the community in an emergency.

The college has had a disaster plan and response team for several years. But since the campus shootings of the last year, Parkland officials are again considering how they should respond in an emergency, or if a student's behavior raises concerns, said John Sheahan, a counselor at Parkland's Counseling and Advising Center.

Restructuring strategy for UHS to be considered

URBANA – The Urbana school board has on its Tuesday agenda a vote on the Urbana High School restructuring plan, but several board members are still seeking answers.

"I have asked for the chance to talk about specifics of the plan that we're being asked to approve, because I feel like we don't yet understand it well enough," said board member Cope Cumpston. "I don't know yet what passing this plan means we are locked into."