Danville college looking at bonds for computer upgrades

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College officials are considering issuing about $1 million in technology bonds to make improvements to computer labs across campus.

"All of our computer labs need upgrades," President Alice Jacobs said, adding the technology is integral to nearly every academic program. "We used to be able to upgrade them on a consistent basis. But since the state eliminated the advanced-technology-grant funding several years ago, we haven't been able to do that at an appropriate level. Consequently, we've fallen behind in providing the technology that our students expect."

Candidate for Bottenfield principal to be at Monday forum

CHAMPAIGN – Parents and community members can meet a candidate for principal of Bottenfield Elementary School at a community forum Monday evening at the school, 1801 S. Prospect Ave., C.

Matthew Foster of Romeoville will address the group at 6:30 p.m. in the school's community room and respond to questions following his presentation.

Groups discuss ideas for Champaign schools

URBANA – A group met at Beckman Institute on the University of Illinois campus Thursday night to discuss an issue related to neither Urbana nor the UI – they were there to present their ideas in helping to draft a community vision of goals for the next 15 years in Champaign city schools.

"None of us are educators," said Stephanie Fadale, a regional outreach representative at Carle Foundation Hospital. "We're a community group."

Fundraiser to benefit Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley

BUCKLEY – Tickets are still available for Christ Lutheran High School's fourth annual Knight for Christ Auction – the biggest fundraiser of the year for the private Christian school in Buckley.

Donations of items and cash are also being sought for the auction, scheduled for 4 p.m. Sat., Aug. 23, in the Grand Ball Room at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, 1001 Killarney St., U.

Danville students to be bused across busy street

DANVILLE – Some Meade Park students will no longer have to cross a busy state highway to get to school.

State transportation officials signed off on a request to designate a stretch of Main Street as a safety hazard to students. That qualifies the Danville school district to get state funding to bus the students who live north of the street.

Danville committee to look at school dress code

DANVILLE – Danville High students and parents will have a chance to weigh in on whether students should have a stricter school dress code.

Principal Mark Neil told school board members Wednesday that he wants to form a committee of stakeholders to take up the matter and make a recommendation to Superintendent Nanette Mellen by Dec. 15. He wants input from students, staff, parents, and possibly parents of middle school students.

Urbana school district one of four new literacy grant winners

URBANA – A program in which parents and their young children learn together has gotten state support in the form of a $125,000 grant that, depending on federal funding, is renewable for the next four years – potentially, a half-million-dollar boost.

The Urbana school district was one of 23 new applicants – and one of four new winners – of the Illinois Even Start family literacy program grants, said Debbie McDermott, literacy coordinator for Urbana Adult Education.

Danville school superintendent Mellen to retire in 2009

DANVILLE – With mixed emotions, Danville schools Superintendent Nanette Mellen announced Wednesday that she will retire next June at the end of the upcoming school year.

"Having been connected to District 118 for more than 45 years, it is difficult to imagine my life without it," said Mellen, who was educated in the district and has worked there as a teacher and administrator for 30-plus years, the last four as its chief.

Franklin dean to lead two schools in Bement

BEMENT – Matthew Jokisch, who spent last school year as the dean of students at Franklin Middle School in Champaign, will be the new elementary and middle school principal at Bement.

"I couldn't be more excited," Jokisch said. "I always felt I belonged in the elementary and middle school administrator level. I'm happy to be working in a small-town community. It is where I'm from and what I'm used to.

Rantoul to expand summer migrant-education program

RANTOUL – With more migrant families than ever spending the summer living, working and going to school in Rantoul, Rantoul Township High School has needed to expand its summer migrant-education program.

The high school board voted 7-0 on Monday to create four additional instructors (two teachers and two teacher's aides) to handle all the students who have enrolled in the Rantoul migrant school.