Vision Committee forming working groups

SAVOY – A couple dozen community members have been recommended to do the bulk of the work in planning for programs and buildings for the future of the Champaign school district.

The district's Vision Committee, which is overseeing the planning process, narrowed down a list of recommended names when it met in Savoy on Thursday night.

Catlin board studies co-op classes with Jamaica

CATLIN – Doubtful that state money will be available for the construction of a new, three-district high school any time soon, Catlin school officials said Thursday they are exploring the possibility of combining junior high and high school classes with the neighboring Jamaica district.

"I think it's something we need to investigate," said Catlin School Board President Jeff Fauver.

Hands-on learning for government interns

DANVILLE – This semester, Miles Ashton will trade in his Danville High School ID badge for one from an Illinois Appellate Court office.

The 18-year-old, who completed his graduation credits in December, is heading to Springfield on Sunday for a legal internship through the Illinois Governmental Internship Program.

M-S board reviews, updates school policy manual

MAHOMET – Mahomet-Seymour school board members met with Anna Lovern, director of the Illinois Association of School Boards Policy Services, to begin work on a new board policy manual Tuesday.

When the work is completed, the manual will be smaller and easier to navigate. Tuesday's information gathering session will be followed with editing sessions until a final version is approved.

Champaign students feeding minds, stomachs

CHAMPAIGN – Here's a quick quiz: Does the word "annihilate" mean destroy, stagger, marvel or rumple?

It's not too hard to pick out the correct answer: destroy.

Urbana board discusses district priorities

URBANA – The Urbana school board has plenty of ideas on how to make the district better.

All it needs is the money – lots of it – to implement those ideas.

Vision panel will explore funding options

SAVOY – A countywide sales tax is one way the Champaign school district – and others in the county – could pay for school repairs and construction.

The idea is one the Champaign school district's planning committee will hear about as possible options to pay for school improvements when it meets Thursday evening.

More meetings planned around DACC's district

DANVILLE – If you'd like to get your two cents in on how you feel Danville Area Community College is doing providing programs and services within its district, then the college president is coming to you.

Although meetings have already been held in Hoopeston and Oakwood, additional "Coffee and Conversation with the President" sessions are coming to Georgetown, Bismarck and Westville, Covington, Ind., and the Danville Public Library.

Urbana school board plans 'retreat' to talk about priorities

URBANA – The Urbana school board is planning some bonding time Tuesday night, with a scheduled "retreat" instead of a regular study session.

"It's a retreat for the board, and we're going to be looking at board priorities and some of the major issues facing us," said school board member Cope Cumpston. "It's a chance for us to sit down and talk together."

M-S greenhouse ready for use

MAHOMET – Mahomet-Seymour's long-awaited greenhouse is now up and ready for spring.

"Many people have been both a catalyst and a source of energy for this dream of a greenhouse that will conjoin agriculture, business and most importantly, cooperation," said Trish Hahn, co-president of the Mahomet-Seymour Schools Foundation.