Gifford grade school to get $17,700 federal grant

GIFFORD – Gifford Grade School will again receive federal grant money.

Superintendent Art Shaw said the district will receive a Rural Education Assistance Program grant in the 2010 fiscal year. The money is designed to assist rural school districts in any area related to education.

Urbana district again earns grant to help teach history

URBANA – It's getting to be a habit. Come late spring or summer, the Urbana school district gets another $1 million to help area teachers improve their teaching of American history.

That's real money for school districts strapped for cash, that rely on grants to pay for teacher training, and it never fails to generate excitement at Urbana's American History Teachers' Collaborative.

Danville board to talk about goals for new superintendent

DANVILLE – The Danville school board will hold a special meeting this week to discuss annual goals for new Superintendent Mark Denman.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St., Danville.

Tiny town of Hope all that's left of trinity of communities

Faith, Hope and Charity and the greatest of these – apparently – is Hope.

Not many people know that in the mid-1800s, the three communities of Faith, Hope and Charity were settled in western Vermilion County.

Day camp at UI shows science 'not just for boys'

URBANA – Cathy Seebauer squealed as she added baking soda to a beaker with water colored purple from the dye of cabbage, a good pH indicator.

"It turned blue. Cool," said the 11-year-old from Urbana.

Friends of Danville Public Library sets used-book sale

DANVILLE – The Friends of the Danville Public Library will hold its Summer Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 25 in the first-floor meeting room at the Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St.

The sale includes books for children and adults, magazines, collectible books and audiovisual materials.

Danville's Cannon Elementary meets state standards

DANVILLE – Danville schools officials got some good news on Thursday: One more elementary school met Illinois learning standards in 2009.

New Oakwood Junior High principal brings enthusiasm

OAKWOOD – A southern Illinois educator has been tapped to lead Oakwood Junior High School.

Oakwood school board members earlier this week approved appointing Sam Erwin as the school's new principal. He served as assistant principal of Hardin County High School in Elizabethtown last school year and recently had been promoted to principal for that district's grade school.

Judge orders Villa Grove to allow student's service dog

VILLA GROVE – A Douglas County judge has issued a temporary restraining order requiring the Villa Grove school district to allow a 6-year-old boy to bring his service dog with him to attend summer school classes.

Majority of Champaign consent decree now terminated

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district's consent decree has been terminated for all areas other than three in which the plaintiffs in the case are seeking an extension.

The consent decree, which aims to eliminate unwarranted racial disparities in a number of areas, including student achievement, was scheduled to expire June 30. The federal judge overseeing the case previously suspended its termination until the motions to extend the decree can be heard. The hearing is scheduled for Aug. 3.