Urbana school district's food service costs to increase

URBANA – Add a little extra to the Urbana school district's milk money next year, because on Tuesday night the board approved a 4 percent increase in rates for its food service contract with Aramark.

The increase – which comes in slightly below a consumer price index of 4.1 percent – is due to "skyrocketing" food costs, said Carol Baker, the district's business manager, who said the contract with Aramark stipulates that its rates cannot increase above the consumer price index.

Centennial principal announces resignation

CHAMPAIGN – Centennial High School Principal Ron Bode has resigned from the district, as of the end of June.

Bode sent an e-mail to the Centennial staff Tuesday announcing his resignation.

GCMS board considering its bond options

GIBSON CITY – Halfway through paying off 20-year bonds, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board is considering its options and timelines for bond repayment or restructuring.

As the 10th year in the 20-year bond cycle, 2008 is the first possible year to consider a change. Board members heard about various scenarios Monday night from Kevin Hyde of First Midstate Corp. of Bloomington, which in 1998 issued $5.6 million in bonds to finance the GCMS Middle School.

College Express class project will be rolling ad for DACC

DANVILLE – There's a special reason the technology division of Danville Area Community College is excited about this weekend's car show.

The students and staff will roll out their own major project for display before it hits the streets of the college district, in parades and at other events. It is a rolling billboard for the college and for the work of the students in the College Express classes.

DACC, union approve new contract

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's classified staff will be working under a new five-year contract starting July 1.

Trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved the agreement with the Classified Staff Association, DACC President Alice Jacobs said.

Superintendent to keep watch over two districts

ROSSVILLE – Starting this summer, Randy Hird will pull double duty as the chief of two neighboring northern Vermilion County school districts.

A longtime educator, Hird has been the Bismarck-Henning superintendent for eight years.

Space issue poses hurdle for Stratton

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school officials are trying to resolve a space crunch at Stratton Elementary School to keep the gifted classrooms and fulfill a requirement of the district's consent decree for the number of classrooms at the school.

The consent decree states that Stratton should be a four-strand school, meaning it should have four classrooms at each grade level.

Champaign textbook fees, lunch prices will increase

CHAMPAIGN – Students in the Champaign school district will pay more for textbook rental and for school lunches next year.

The textbook fees will increase from $60 to $80 for all grade levels. The school board approved the increase at its meeting Monday night.

Mahomet-Seymour school board looks at relieving burden

MAHOMET – When it comes time for registration, even Mahomet-Seymour school board members know coming up with the money for activity fees can be tough.

Board member Cheryl Melchi said that as a mother of four, she pays a lot for her kids' activities and sports.

Extra security in place at Mahomet school

MAHOMET – Police will continue extra patrols at and around Mahomet-Seymour High School following discovery of a possible threat written on a bathroom wall.

"There was an implied threat, and it implied May 20," Mahomet Police Chief Jerry Gamble said Monday.