St. Joseph Middle School scores exceed state standards

ST. JOSEPH – Chris Graham, St. Joseph Middle School principal, said recently received results for the Illinois Standards Achievement Test showed most students scoring well above the state standards.

However, there were some concerns regarding fifth-grade writing scores. Graham said 57 students did not meet state standards in writing in the fifth grade. Of the 57 students, 50 were within one point of making state standards.

5 of 11 Danville schools fail to meet state standards

DANVILLE – While Danville schools officials continue to see improvement on high-stakes standardized test scores, they said the district and possibly six of its 11 schools did not meet tougher state learning standards in 2009.

Judge terminates most of Champaign consent decree

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.

Unit 4 hires assistant principal for Central High

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board hired a Central High School teacher as an assistant principal for the school.

Yalanda Graham has been a social studies teacher at Central since 2006. Before that, she taught at Indianapolis Metropolitan High School from 2004 to 2006.

Rantoul board sets attendance goals for students

RANTOUL – Kindergarten through fifth-grade students will need to cut down on absences to earn attendance points toward promotion, the Rantoul City Schools board has decided.

Beginning in August, students will earn one point if they are in school at least 80 percent of the time they are enrolled in the district, and a second point if they are present at least 85 percent of the time.

Champaign school district to pay city for capital plan

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district is looking to the city for help in developing a 10-year capital improvement plan.

The city will provide planning services to the district, under an intergovernmental agreement approved by the school board Monday. The agreement is for the current fiscal year, which began July 1. The city will provide up to 950 hours of planning services to the school district at a cost of $30,000.

Contract talks between District 118, union set to begin

DANVILLE – After a couple of delays, contract negotiations between the Danville school district and its teachers' union are getting under way.

The school district and Danville Education Association were scheduled to exchange contract proposals today.

Rantoul board seeking way to control unsupervised youths

RANTOUL – The Rantoul Township High School board on Monday directed administrators to develop procedures for dealing with unsupervised youths attending extracurricular activities.


Board member Janet Brotherton proposed that anyone under 14 years of age be required to be accompanied by an adult.

Champaign board approves magnet schools' themes

CHAMPAIGN – A magnet school at Garden Hills Elementary School will focus on international education, while a magnet school at Washington Elementary School will emphasize a science, engineering, technology and math program.

The Champaign school board approved the two magnet-school themes at its meeting Monday night, and it also designated which theme would be attached to each school.

Ex-UI administrators call for changes on Board of Trustees

URBANA – Four past leaders of the University of Illinois are calling for major changes on the UI Board of Trustees to protect the "integrity" of the school following reports of a politically compromised admissions process.

Trustees appointed by former governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich have "pursued personal interests and saw themselves accountable only to the governor" rather than acting as stewards of the university, the former presidents and chancellors said in a strongly worded letter to the Illinois Admissions Review Commission.