Trustee: Savoy should take part in Unit 4 meeting

SAVOY – Village trustee Jan Niccum urged that Savoy be represented at Unit 4's first Key Communicator Network meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Bottenfield Elementary School.

"I think having someone from Savoy would be a real benefit for us," he said, noting Savoy is slated to have an elementary school built in town in the next couple of years.

Westville school officials OK budget plan with small deficit

WESTVILLE – School officials approved a $11.23 million spending plan for the 2009-10 fiscal year on Wednesday that includes a $10,000 deficit.

Superintendent Jim Owens said it was a good budget that was much closer to balancing than he initially had thought, thanks to fairly stable health insurance costs and an additional $140,000 expected from the state.

Vermilion County reading program winners named

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Museum Society has announced the winners of a drawing held for the "Celebrating Lincoln Summer Reading Program."

The reading program was held in 10 libraries and involved reading books about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War or Illinois history. Participants who read 12 to 24 books and returned their cards to the museum were placed in a drawing for prizes.

East meets Danville as Taiwanese educators visit schools

DANVILLE – As a senior cultural officer with the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Chicago, John Y. Lin has visited a number of American schools.

Parkland trustees will vote on fee increase

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College's board will vote on a $5 an hour fee increase for students at its Wednesday meeting.

The board meets at 7 p.m. today at the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Center, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Officials assess building needs for Danville schools

DANVILLE – When Edison Elementary School opened in 1930, teachers wrote their lessons on chalkboards, and students did their homework with paper and pencil.

Focus of hearing on Champaign consent decree: Trust

URBANA – Trust was a central theme in a hearing on a consent decree settlement agreement for the Champaign school district.

Judge takes consent decree decision under advisement

URBANA — It will be a few weeks before Champaign school district officials know if the settlement agreement to end their consent decree case will be approved.

Faculty/student senate OKs resolution on UI leaders

URBANA – The Urbana faculty/student senate voted Monday to support an "orderly transition" removing University of Illinois President B. Joseph White and Chancellor Richard Herman from office, in a resolution that blamed them for a scandal in admissions.

The senate voted 98-55 in favor of the historic resolution, after flirting with an alternative version that didn't mention White and Herman and called for greater consultation with the trustees.

Champaign schools establishing equity committee

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district is looking for community members to serve on a new equity committee.

The school board voted Monday to establish an "Education Equity Excellence" committee, as required by its proposed settlement agreement in its consent decree case. The board heard about administrative procedures to govern the new committee at its Monday meeting.