Danville school district gets award for conservation efforts

DANVILLE – The Danville school district has been recognized for its efforts to conserve the environment.

At Wednesday's school board meeting, officials were given an energy stewardship award from Energy Education Inc., the Texas-based company it partnered with to run an energy conservation and management program.

Monticello union members file notice for possible strike

MONTICELLO – The Monticello Education Association voted "overwhelmingly" Tuesday night to file an intent to strike as the Monticello School Board and the union have failed to reach a contract settlement.

The teachers' contract expired in August, and the two groups met with a federal mediator last Thursday, but reached no agreement.

DACC trustees OK 2007-08 budget

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College trustees on Tuesday adopted a $27.57 million balanced budget for the 2007-08 fiscal year.

However, officials said it's still uncertain whether the college will lose about $34,000 in state funding, which is part of grants that were allocated by the Illinois General Assembly but vetoed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Danville school district officials hopeful about finances

DANVILLE – Danville school officials hope the district's improved financial picture means it will soon be taken off the state's financial early warning list, where it has been for four years.

Superintendent Nanette Mellen said a preliminary report on an independent audit of the 2006-07 fiscal year shows the district's finances look "very good."

G-RF board OKs conservative spending plan

GEORGETOWN – School officials approved a $10.05 million spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year on Monday that may include $194,000 in deficit spending.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm Superintendent Kevin Tate estimates the district will generate about $9.86 million in the upcoming fiscal year if it receives the same amount of general state aid as last year – about $4.6 million. Tate said the state budget that was passed weeks ago includes about $300,000 in additional state aid to the district, but that he was skeptical the district would receive that amount, and built no increased funding into his budget.

School walk will promote student wellness

CHAMPAIGN – Almost as soon as children are back in the classroom each fall, parents are circulating fundraising catalogs to friends, family and co-workers. Sales of magazine subscriptions, wrapping paper and candy help pay for many activities for students.

Westview Elementary School is trying something different this year. Instead of the usual fall fundraiser, the school is holding a walk. Children are asking for donations, and students, staff, parents and others will walk a quarter-mile course around the school Friday morning.

State education board values teen perspective

URBANA – Even before they've received their high school diploma, two University Laboratory High School students have earned seats at a very important table.

Micah Berman and Ranny Ma are two of only 15 students statewide selected to be part of the Illinois State Board of Education's Student Advisory Council – where they'll literally sit at the board's table, talking about all things education.

Trustees to mull adding speakers for emergencies

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College students Abigail Cox and Michael Howard said they feel safe on the small campus.

But they commended DACC officials for wanting to boost safety further by installing emergency notification speakers, which would alert them to any problems.

Extra summer vacation would come at a cost

RANTOUL – Classes might start later in Rantoul elementary schools – but students might have to give up spring break to do it.

Superintendent Bill Trankina recommended Thursday that Rantoul City School district board members consider a significant change in the district's annual schedule.

Officials give co-op schools thumbs down

CERRO GORDO – Cerro Gordo school officials have decided a co-op high school isn't a viable reorganization option.

At Thursday's meeting, Superintendent Brett Robinson reported on a meeting last week with representatives from a reorganization studies firm and superintendents from the Atwood-Hammond, Lovington and Bement school districts.