UI among schools getting $1.5 million for green guidelines

A $1.5 million grant awarded to the University of Illinois and several other universities will help researchers evaluate garden pots and new environmentally friendly options.

Researchers from the universities ultimately will establish guidelines for the green industry, which includes growers, greenhouses, garden centers and similar businesses.

Grant to finance ethics resource center

URBANA – The University of Illinois will lead a major ethics initiative after earning a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

DACC to begin expansion at Mary Miller Center in the spring

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College officials announced this week that construction on a much-needed expansion at the Mary Miller Center finally could begin in the spring.

College in Ohio will offer Parkland transcript evaluation

CHAMPAIGN – A Franklin University representative will be on hand at Parkland College to offer free preliminary transcript evaluations as part of the university's Community College Alliance Program.

Sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in Parkland's B-Wing lobby.

Gifford to consider air-conditioning classrooms

GIFFORD – The school district will consider air-conditioning 12 classrooms.

The school board directed Superintendent Art Shaw to obtain cost estimates and explore options on how classrooms can be air-conditioned.

Rantoul High School superintendent on paid leave during investigation

RANTOUL — After two hours of deliberations Monday, the Rantoul Township High School board voted to place Superintendent Janet Koroscik on paid administrative leave.

Danville to consider next step toward school renovations

DANVILLE – Earlier this month, Danville schools officials announced a tentative timeline for making much-needed renovations to South View and North Ridge middle schools and East Park Elementary School.

UI student senate to hold first-ever meeting of student body

URBANA –The Illinois student senate will host its first-ever annual meeting of the student body at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Illini Union Ballroom.

The entire student body is invited to the meeting, which will give students the opportunity to speak with university administrators and their student government representatives.

Ridge Farm Elementary roof is biggest building project for district

GEORGETOWN – School officials discussed their infrastructure needs on Monday and said the roof over Ridge Farm Elementary School is the district's biggest upcoming building project.

Danville High offers "sky box" for fans to watch playoff game

DANVILLE – Fans of Danville Vikings football team can watch the team compete against Collinsville this weekend from a "sky box" and support the Danville Public School Foundation.