Champaign school board candidates speak to parents

CHAMPAIGN – Susan Gonzalez knew of one candidate she wanted to vote for in the Champaign school board race.

After hearing all seven candidates speak Thursday night, "I think I have a pretty good idea" of the others who might get her vote, she said.

Six in area competing to kiss pig(let) to fight diabetes

CHAMPAIGN – Local teacher Kyle Sondgeroth has his pig costume all ready.

Now all he needs is for the staff and students at Champaign's Bottenfield Elementary School to help him raise $750 for the American Diabetes Association, and he'll come to school dressed as a pig on April 9.

Errors made in Gifford school board ballot positioning

GIFFORD – A ballot irregularity has come to light in connection with the Gifford school board election.

Candidates Mike Pflugmacher and Matt Lomax are at the bottom of the ballot for four-year terms instead of at the top, where they should be.

Book sale to benefit books for prisoners starts today

URBANA – A three-day book sale starting today provides material for readers and raises money for books for prisoners.

The sale at the Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U, features thousands of donated books. Paperbacks sell for 50 cents and hardcover books for $1.

Books by the Bushel event to help stock library shelves

CHAMPAIGN – Community members can help stock the libraries of area schools this weekend.

The 13th annual Books by the Bushel will be held at Barnes & Noble bookstore, 65 E. Marketview Drive, C, beginning today and going through Sunday. The event is sponsored by the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana.

Danville school administrators were veterans in former jobs

DANVILLE – A veteran educator and a veteran at the Newport Chemical Depot have been tapped to fill administrative posts in the Danville school district.

On Wednesday, Liberty Elementary School Principal Diane Hampel was selected as director of educational support programs. And Ronald Henton, Mason & Hanger Corporation's vice president and general manager at the depot in Newport, Ind., was selected as the next director of buildings and grounds. He succeeds George Schildt, who is retiring after about 37 years with the district.

New Champaign school board members will have full plate

CHAMPAIGN – The people elected to the Champaign school board in Tuesday's election will have to deal with the three Rs.

That's not reading, writing and arithmetic. It's referendum (sales tax), redistricting (the high schools) and restructuring (Central High School).

The school board will have at least two, and possibly three, new board members after next week's election. Three seats are open, and two incumbents – Nathaniel Banks and Arlene Blank – are not running for re-election. The current school board president, David Tomlinson, is running again, along with six other candidates.

Medicine disposal set for April 20-26

URBANA – Have any leftover or expired medicines around the house?

You can dispose of them safely by bringing them to eight Carle RXExpress locations in Champaign and Piatt counties during the week of April 20-26.

Results almost a given in Urbana school board election

URBANA – Voting for Urbana school board seats Tuesday promises to be undramatic, with no competition for the three open seats.

And in one, the only candidate is a write-in, incumbent Ruth Ann Fisher.

Parents weigh in on redistricting of Champaign high schools

CHAMPAIGN – Demographers will likely draw up new alternatives for a Champaign high school redistricting plan based on input from parents, a top school official said.

Most of the 20 or so participants at the first of four public forums on the redistricting, held at Centennial High School on Tuesday night, said they would prefer to let children who attend middle school together go to the same high school.