Danville plan details

Here are some goals and strategies outlined in a draft of the Danville schools' long-term strategic plan:

Academic achievement and curriculum

Transcript of president's back-to-school speech

Remarks by the president in back-to-school speech at Benjamin Banneker High School,  Washington, D.C.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Well, Madam President, that was an outstanding introduction.  (Laughter.)  We are so proud of Donae for representing this school so well. 

Champaign looking to hire new bus drivers

CHAMPAIGN — If you're looking for a job, have a flexible schedule and appreciate kids, perhaps the Champaign schools' bus driver recruitment fair is for you.

The Champaign school district is short of drivers and wants to recruit some new ones.

DACC Foundation plans honors program

DANVILLE — The Danville Area Community College Foundation will host its annual Honors Program for scholarship recipients on Friday at the Mary Miller Center gymnasium on campus, 2000 E. Main St.

The program will begin at 10 a.m.

Champaign magnet programs get $5 million grant

CHAMPAIGN — Magnet school programs in Champaign just got $5 million richer.

A three-year grant narrowly rejected last year by the U.S. Department of Education has been approved, providing $5 million for two magnet programs already under way at Booker T. Washington and Garden Hills elementary schools and a third planned for Stratton Elementary School.

UI professor wins NIH New Innovator honor

URBANA — Tricking dangerous bacteria into becoming harmless ones is the goal of a prize-winning chemist at the University of Illinois.

Douglas A. Mitchell, 31, is a winner of the 2011 National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award, one of two in the state (the other at Northwestern University).

ThyssenKrupp Presta donates $20,000 to DACC

DANVILLE — ThyssenKrupp Presta Danville will donate $20,000 to the Danville Area Community College Foundation to support student scholarships, officials announced Monday.

The donation will be given over a five-year period and fund a total of four scholarships a year. Scholarships will be available for the current academic year.

Danville board to view plan for school district

DANVILLE — The Danville school district has many strengths including a diverse curriculum, a rich tradition of extracurricular activities and a dedicated staff that cares about students and does a good job of preparing them for higher education and the workforce, according to a wide range of community members.

Principal back in Champaign after White House visit

CHAMPAIGN — Aside from a press conference and some TV cameras in the library, Monday was a school day like any other at Franklin Middle School.

Students "went on with their work," said eighth-grader David Alston, not at all surprised that their principal just got back from a meeting with the president of the United States.

Champaign schools in black, with $21 million in reserves

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign school board received encouraging news for students, teachers and taxpayers on Monday night when it approved a surplus school district budget that includes a proposal to abate some property taxes.