Topics varied in talks of Mahomet-Seymour policy manual

MAHOMET – The topics of school attendance, teachers' salaries, single-gender classes and expulsions don't seem like closely related topics.

But each garnered plenty of discussion Thursday at Mahomet-Seymour's final study session for recommending changes to the district policy manual.

PBL students surveyed on drugs, alcohol, school security

PAXTON – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board learned from a student survey about the exposure some of their students have had to drugs and alcohol and their experiences with bullying.

The Illinois Youth Survey is given each year to students in the sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grades. The focus of the survey is to follow student trends – this year, those concerning drugs and alcohol. The school added questions about school security, too.

Centennial extends its principal search

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school administrators are looking at other candidates for principal of Centennial High School, after one of the finalists withdrew from consideration.

Orlando Thomas was one of two finalists who spoke to parents and teachers at a community forum on June 5. But he withdrew his candidacy the next day, deciding to remain at Stratton Elementary School, where he just completed his first year as principal.

Oakwood hires new principal

OAKWOOD – A Champaign school administrator has been named principal of Oakwood Grade School, where she'll replace the man who was hired as principal for her Champaign elementary school.

Jean Henigman will lead Oakwood Grade School. The Oakwood school board hired her at its meeting Wednesday night.

Catlin school misses annual progress goal for the first time

CATLIN – Principal Dennis Buesking said that although Catlin Grade School students performed well on last year's standardized state testing as a whole, the school did not meet its annual yearly progress goals.

Buesking reported on the results of Catlin Grade School students' standardized tests at Thursday's Catlin School Board meeting.

Report: Efforts to boost Danville's state test scores paid off

DANVILLE – Danville school officials say efforts that were put in place this year to increase Danville High School's state standardized test scores are already yielding results.

They said preliminary 2008 ACT scores show the junior class scored a composite average of 19.64 on the nationwide college-entrance exam, which they took in April.

More than 30 apply for Eastlawn principal spot in Paxton

PAXTON – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board plans to review more than 30 applications received for the principal's position at Eastlawn School – a job vacated by the resignation of Tara Tighe last month.

Superintendent Cliff McClure said a committee will likely be formed tonight to select applicants for interviews.

Danville High School considering extra period

DANVILLE – Starting this fall, some school hours could change slightly to accommodate part of Danville High School's restructuring plan.

At Wednesday's school board meeting, administrators will present as an informational item a recommendation to change attendance times for high school and middle school students and staffers. School hours for preschool and elementary school students and staffers will stay the same.

Decatur educator to lead alternative school in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – A Decatur special education administrator will be the principal of a new alternative academic academy that will begin this fall for Champaign high school students.

The Champaign school board on Monday night approved hiring Rhonda Howard of Decatur as principal of the alternative academy. Howard is currently administrator of alternative programming for Macon-Piatt Special Education. She previously was an elementary school social worker.

Champaign middle schools may deliver more sports

CHAMPAIGN – Edison Middle School offered an exploratory baseball program last fall, and after a successful pilot, the Champaign school district is recommending making the program permanent for all middle schools.

It is also recommending a partnership with the Champaign Park District in which the park district would offer recreational volleyball and basketball for all middle school students.