Report makes suggestions for Georgetown-Ridge Farm school

GEORGETOWN — Mary Miller Junior High School was a focus of discussion among Georgetown-Ridge Farm school officials Monday.

A report was given about a recent assessment of the school, a proposal to add after-school instruction was introduced, and school board members are discussing adding a language-arts teacher to the school next year.

Dismissal hearing set for superintendent

GEORGETOWN — School Superintendent Greg Irwin, who was hired to lead the district in July 2009, will face a dismissal hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School cafeteria.

Technology upgrade on DACC agenda

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College is looking at upgrading some technology this summer.

Trustees will vote on whether to purchase about $87,681 worth of computer equipment at their meeting Tuesday (today).

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in Vermilion Hall, Room 302, at the campus, 2000 E. Main St.

Website focuses on long-term care options

The baby boomer generation hit retirement age this year, with the first official boomer turning 65 on Jan. 1, 2011.

Another 10,000 are added each day, and with that milestone come new worries about long-term care for their parents, spouses or themselves.

DACC board, union approve four-year contract

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College's full-time faculty members soon will be working under a new four-year contract.

DACC board members on Thursday voted 7-0 to ratify the contract with the Danville Area Community College Education Association.

The association, which has 49 members, ratified the pact on Wednesday morning.

Speaker challenges Danville to train workers for future skills

DANVILLE — About 9 percent of the local workforce is unemployed, yet openings for full-time, good-paying jobs with benefits in the Danville area are difficult to fill, according to local economic development officials.

Unit 7 contract takes three negotiating sessions

TOLONO — Unit 7 teachers and support staff will be working this fall with a new three-year contract in place.

Members of the Unity Education Association approved the three-year pact on May 26, and last week the Unit 7 school board approved the proposal unanimously.

Bid approved for wind turbine at school in Ogden

ROYAL — Heston Wind and Renewable Energy, Bettendorf, Iowa, has been contracted to install a wind turbine for Prairieview-Ogden South Elementary School in Ogden.

The school board approved the firm's bid of $262,000 to install the 50-kilowatt turbine and 120-foot pole.

Gifford chooses new schools leader

GIFFORD — Rod Grimsley is the new superintendent/principal at Gifford Grade School.

The school board selected Grimsley to succeed Art Shaw, who is retiring.

Grimsley will be paid $96,100 a year.

Oakwood graduate picked for leadership spot at Danville school

DANVILLE — An Oakwood High School graduate is the newest member of the Danville School District's leadership team.