Partnership, technology help Washington School prepare magnet program

CHAMPAIGN – First-graders Cozaire Jackson and Narmeen Chahal were standing in front of a SMART Board in their classroom at Washington Elementary School last week, solving math problems.

Garden Hills' magnet program will strive to push independence

CHAMPAIGN – Children at Garden Hills Elementary School read "The Two Bobbies" this year, a true story about a dog and a blind cat that survived Hurricane Katrina, and after four months of wandering, were rescued by a shelter and eventually adopted.

Parkland nursing pioneer is saying goodbye to C-U

URBANA – Sister Julia Moriarty, who started Parkland College's nursing program and served Provena Covenant Medical Center for 46 years, will leave Champaign-Urbana next week to make her home in Kankakee.

Her last day in the local community will be Tuesday.

Moriarty is relocating to Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.

Catlin school board discusses curriculum changes

CATLIN – School officials discussed some changes to the curriculum and to the heating and cooling system at Catlin High School on Thursday.

Catlin school board members discussed adding a one-year, senior-level course on economics and civics to the curriculum.

Meeting to share info on Schlarman Academy

DANVILLE – For parishioners of the local Catholic parishes as well as parents of students attending Catholic schools, Schlarman Academy will hold a community day at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Paul C. Shebby Gymnasium.

Mr. Fernandez goes to Washington - from Uni High

URBANA – Will Fernandez, a senior at University Laboratory High School, will spend a week in Washington, D.C. in early March.

He'll visit the museums, and tour the monuments.

But he won't be just any tourist.

Teacher union to help out at Danville school

DANVILLE – Cannon Elementary School will soon get a little help from new friends.

The Illinois Education Association will bring its Outreach to Teach program to the school March 26. Through the program, college students go to elementary schools across the state to finish some type of improvement project.

UI's financial status better, but cuts still possible

URBANA – A "cultural change" in how the University of Illinois manages its resources has the Urbana campus' financial picture looking brighter than it has in recent years.

There has been a 23 percent reduction in deficits for the campus, said Michael Andrechak, associate provost for budgets and resource planning.

Hearing set for aviation institute

URBANA – Proponents and opponents of the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation will get a public hearing next month.

Senate Executive Committee member Abbas Aminmansour told that group Monday that the hearing for the threatened aviation school will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. March 8 in 100 Noyes Laboratory.

Champaign high school search not limited to outskirts

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board has been looking at seven potential sites on the outskirts of town for a new high school.

But those aren't the only possibilities board members are considering.