Space for early childhood, number of elementary schools up for discussion in Urbana

URBANA – A priority for the Urbana school district is providing a better space for its early childhood program.

Intertwined with that issue is the number of elementary schools the district should have.

Clinic set for physicals, immunizations

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district's Family Information Center will offer school physicals and immunizations later this week.

Westville bids farewell to Catholic school, a fixture for more than a century

WESTVILLE – It's been 77 years since Emmalu Brewer was a student at St. Mary's School in Westville.

Even though she didn't attend classes in the current building, she hoped to take one last look around on Saturday before the 107-year-old Catholic grade school closes at the end of the month.

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MICHIGAN STATE: Law students blog

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – In one entry, a student confesses his first semester finals in law school were more terrifying than the time he was in a Kurdish neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey, and a drunk fired an AK-47, hollering ethnic slurs.

Learn to Fly Day event is Saturday near St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH – If you've ever had a serious hankering to learn to fly, you should take advantage of hob-nobbing with pilots who can answer your questions about the sport Saturday.

Plans take shape for merged Catholic academy in Danville

DANVILLE – Plans for the new Schlarman Academy that will combine the three Catholic schools in Danville are beginning to take shape, officials said Friday.

The local pastor board on Thursday approved 16 members for the academy's board of trustees. Their names will be announced once they formally accept their seats.

Sales tax money for schools starts arriving: almost $50 per pupil in Champaign County

Each student in Champaign County was worth $47.78 in sales tax money to his or her school district for the month of January.

Champaign County schools received their first payments this week from the 1-cent school facilities sales tax that went into effect on Jan. 1.

Annual mail carrier food drive Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) – The annual Stamp Out Hunger drive by the nation's mail carriers will be held Saturday.

Letter carriers collect nonperishable food donations from the public as they walk their routes, and the items are donated to local food banks.

New owners plan to work with city to develop former UI farmland at Philo and Windsor

URBANA – Renee and Adolf Lo of Champaign have purchased the historic Pell Farm in southeast Urbana from the University of Illinois Foundation.

The property, about 160 acres at the southwest corner of Philo and Windsor Roads, was home to the university's orchards and vineyards for half a century.

Champaign school officials change jobs for next year

CHAMPAIGN – Several Champaign school administrators have new assignments for the coming school year.

Judy Wiegand, director of secondary curriculum, will become an assistant superintendent. She'll replace Michael McFarland, who resigned and will become a superintendent for a school district in Texas.