Officers start jobs in Danville schools

DANVILLE — When North Ridge Middle School students stepped off the bus early Tuesday morning for their first full day of school, a newcomer was standing among their principal and teachers.

DACC trustees start review of next budget

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College trustees today will get their first look at a proposed budget for the 2012 fiscal year.

Urbana school board to consider redistricting committee

URBANA — A redistricting committee made up of school and community leaders for Urbana elementary schools could be in place by Tuesday night.

The Urbana school board is scheduled to consider the appointment of the committee at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jean F. Burkholder Administrative Service Center, 205 N. Race St., U.

Police issue reminders about school-zone laws

As students get set to return to school this week, Champaign and Danville police are asking drivers and pedestrians to observe applicable laws when they are in or near a school zone.

'Beautiful' South View will be ready for students

DANVILLE — When South View Middle School teachers reported to work this week, they gave high marks to a renovation project that, they said, has transformed their building.

"It's beautiful!" said Jamie Skovran, a science and social studies teacher.

Ayers named to lead Parkland Foundation board

CHAMPAIGN — James L. Ayers was recently named president of the Parkland College Foundation Board of Directors. He will serve a two-year term, replacing Donald C. Dodds Jr., a 17-year foundation board member who retired as its president in early August.

PBL budget projects deficits

PAXTON — Deficits are projected in every major fund in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district's budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The PBL school board last week approved a tentative budget, from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012. The board also voted to place the tentative budget on public display for 30 days before formally adopting the final budget in September.

Men plan to take part in walk to schools

DANVILLE — Early Monday morning, Jimmy Newsome plans to walk his nieces, Kenyasia and Lakyla Sims, to Garfield Elementary School on their first day of school.

GCMS, teachers reach one-year contract deal

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members have reached a new one-year contract with teachers.

Superintendent Anthony Galindo termed the contract a "soft freeze" because teachers will receive no salary increase other than new "steps" on the salary schedule. Step increases are earned for years of service or education credits.

School begins in Urbana

URBANA -- Classes resumed Wednesday for most students in the Urbana school district.

Students in grades 1 through 9 were back at school. Half of the district's kindergarten classes were in session. The other half, and the remaining high school students, will attend on Thursday, as will Washington Early Childhood.