UI trustees to vote on link between tuition, inflation

CHICAGO – The University of Illinois is looking toward a relatively low tuition increase – compared to last year's 9.5 percent, good for four years – while keeping fee increases below 1 percent.

Three UI trustees' terms up; no word from Quinn on appointments

CHICAGO – University of Illinois trustees are headed into their annual meeting this week with three vacant seats on the 10-member board.

The terms of three trustees – Frances Carroll, Karen Hasara and Carlos Tortolero – expired Sunday, and Gov. Pat Quinn has yet to announce whether they will be reappointed or replaced.

David Ikenberry takes dean position at Colorado

CHAMPAIGN – David Ikenberry, the newly named dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder, says he sees growth opportunities for the school.

Ikenberry, who was named to the post Tuesday, said he'll "sit down and listen to faculty, staff and students" in determining goals.

Villa Grove school board plans for $350,000 in cuts

VILLA GROVE – Despite the recent increase in the state income tax, the Villa Grove school board is moving forward with plans to cut about $350,000 from the budget and raise local revenue for next school year.

PBL board acts on air quality report

PAXTON – Indoor air quality at Paxton's four schools is not a problem that requires immediate attention, a consultant says.

However, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district decided not to wait to address potential problems.

Rossville-Alvin parents have questions about reactivating high school

ROSSVILLE – Some parents in the Rossville-Alvin school district want to make sure they know exactly what a reactivated high school could offer students before they vote in April on whether to re-open the high school.

Parkland joining other two-year institutions in reassessing success

CHAMPAIGN – A four-year university can be ranked by its graduation rate – the University of Illinois has graduated 82 percent of its starting freshmen after six years.

But how do you measure an institution where students may be getting a two-year degree, heading on to a lifetime of academic work, or simply taking Guitar 1?

Volunteers commemorate King with service day

URBANA – School was out Monday, and Jazzlyn Carter could have been relaxing at home.

Instead, she and other Urbana High School students were volunteering to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"It's MLK Day and I'm not going to be at home sitting on the couch," said Carter, an Urbana High School freshman.

Enrollment at Rossville-Alvin Grade School

Rossville-Alvin Grade School enrollment since the high school's deactivation

Year; Enrollment (Pre-k through 8th grade)

2006; 346

2007; 318

2008; 280

2009; 266

2010; 239

Source: Illinois State Report Card

GCMS seeks state funds for help with new roof

GIBSON CITY – The school district is hoping a $175,000 matching grant from the state will pay half the estimated cost of a new roof over most of the elementary school.

At a recent special meeting, board members approved Superintendent Chuck Aubry's application for the matching dollar grant program that is being administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.