Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley schools facing $1 million loss

GIBSON CITY – State budget woes are catching up to the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district.

They are the cause for nearly half of the $1 million loss the district is projecting for the coming fiscal year.

Villa Grove schools meet AYP, but fall short of cash

VILLA GROVE – Due to missed payments in state funding and some unexpected expense increases, Villa Grove School district fell short of covering its expenses in the 2009 fiscal year.

Blue Ridge still undecided about pre-kindergarten transportation

FARMER CITY – Blue Ridge School Board members are still undecided about the issue of prekindergarten transportation.

Hall of fame proposed for Fisher High School athletes

FISHER – A group of citizens would like to create an athletic hall of fame for former Fisher High School athletes.

Bub Bayler and Norman Polk told the Fisher school board that they and five others have formed a committee to recognize Fisher graduates who excelled in athletics, distinguished themselves while they attended the school and have been out of school for at least five years.

Danville High's New Tech 'upper house' already a hit

DANVILLE – When it comes to school, Ashish Patel and Lynze Bray like:

a) Learning by doing hands-on projects and activities,

b) Using computers and the latest technology,

c) Working with their peers in groups, or

d) All of the above.

Fate of memorial after Lincoln Hall renovation unknown

URBANA – Admirers of a little-used and virtually unknown courtyard, designed as a memorial to University of Illinois students who died in World War I, fear the site and an accompanying monument will be lost when the University of Illinois undertakes a $65 million reconstruction of Lincoln Hall.

Gifford grade school to get $17,700 federal grant

GIFFORD – Gifford Grade School will again receive federal grant money.

Superintendent Art Shaw said the district will receive a Rural Education Assistance Program grant in the 2010 fiscal year. The money is designed to assist rural school districts in any area related to education.

Urbana district again earns grant to help teach history

URBANA – It's getting to be a habit. Come late spring or summer, the Urbana school district gets another $1 million to help area teachers improve their teaching of American history.

That's real money for school districts strapped for cash, that rely on grants to pay for teacher training, and it never fails to generate excitement at Urbana's American History Teachers' Collaborative.

Danville board to talk about goals for new superintendent

DANVILLE – The Danville school board will hold a special meeting this week to discuss annual goals for new Superintendent Mark Denman.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St., Danville.

Tiny town of Hope all that's left of trinity of communities

Faith, Hope and Charity and the greatest of these – apparently – is Hope.

Not many people know that in the mid-1800s, the three communities of Faith, Hope and Charity were settled in western Vermilion County.