Danville schools officials like new policy on promotion

DANVILLE – Last school year, South View Middle School piloted a new promotion policy aimed at making students more accountable.

Students had to pass all core subjects – reading, math, science and social studies – to be promoted to the next grade. Previously, they had to pass reading and math, but could have failed either science or social studies and still move on.

DACC offering food-service classes at Village Mall

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's community education department is offering food-service and food-service renewal classes. Both courses will be held at DACC's Village Mall Education Center, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. They will be taught by Carolyn Daniel.

The food-service course is designed to prepare food-service employees to meet the Illinois certification requirement. Topics covered include food-borne disease, facilities, equipment, personal hygiene and inspection techniques. An exam will be given on the last day of class.

Family of murder victim funding scholarship to UI

WELLINGTON – The family of a Chrisman man slain in his home almost two years ago has set up an endowment to fund a scholarship at the University of Illinois in his honor.

Marcia and Earl Prasse of Wellington, the parents of the late Mark Prasse, want students from a rural background with financial need who are interested in mechanical engineering to benefit from their legacy.

Consent follow-up on agenda for Champaign school board

CHAMPAIGN – In its first meeting since it approved a settlement agreement in its consent decree case, the Champaign school board will consider several matters related to the settlement.

The grill of their dreams: Students build giant cooker

DANVILLE – Thursday was the last day of class, and the students didn't quite finish their project, but teachers, an administrator and even the students are calling the project a success.

2009 Upward Bound grads honored at banquet

CHAMPAIGN – The Upward Bound College Prep Academy at the University of Illinois recently honored program graduates at its 43rd annual awards banquet at the I Hotel.

The event concluded six weeks of academic preparation for 60 high school graduates from Champaign, Urbana and Rantoul who will attend college this fall. They will head to Clark Atlanta University, Parkland College and the universities of Illinois, Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Southern Indiana.

Some of threatened state school funding cuts reversed

DANVILLE – Danville school officials said they won't be forced to reduce the district's preschool programs this year, now that some funding has been restored to the Illinois State Board of Education's budget.

Quinn's action means most programs won't suffer as much

CHAMPAIGN – School officials will not have to make drastic cuts in preschool programs this year, now that some funding has been restored to Illinois State Board of Education's budget.

Rossville-Alvin schools, teachers reach tentative deal

ROSSVILLE – Rossville-Alvin Elementary School teachers could be working under a new three-year contract in a couple of weeks.

Free dental exams available for Vermilion County kids

DANVILLE – Vermilion County youths can get a free dental exam just in time for the new school year.

The HALO Project, a Health Community Initiative sponsored by the Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation, has joined forces with Colgate-Bright Smiles Bright Futures, Orland Park Dental Services and Aunt Martha's Vermilion Area Community Health Center to host Smiling Faces Dental Day in Danville on Aug. 13-14.