Vermilion effort gathers supplies, clothes for students

DANVILLE — The Salvation Army and Project Success are asking the public to help get children ready for school.

Project Success is organizing its third annual Fill-a-Bus-ter school supply campaign, while members of the board of directors at the Salvation Army plan to collect "Socks and Skivvies."

Schlarman Academy getting new interactive whiteboards

DANVILLE — When Schlarman Academy grade school students start school in mid-August, they will have the latest technology at their fingertips.

School officials bought 14 interactive Promethean whiteboards for all of the kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms at the Walnut Street campus. They were installed recently.

Danville school district wins $2 million-plus preschool grant

DANVILLE — More Vermilion County children will be able to get a jump-start on their education in the upcoming school year.

The Danville school district won a $2 million-plus Preschool for All grant from the Illinois State Board of Education, which will allow it to serve 550 preschool students in 16 classrooms throughout the county.

More finding benefits of taking a year off between high school, college

When Margot Valentine finished her senior year at Champaign Central High School in 2009, her plans did not include going on to college that fall, even though she had been accepted at the University of Illinois.

Instead, she took a gap year in Belgium, where she studied, met new people, traveled all over Europe, and became fluent in French.

Aviation Institute's fate may be decided in Thursday vote

The University of Illinois' trustees could end the Institute of Aviation next week, but not without a dogfight.

"We hope a lot of people will show up to speak up for the institute," said interim Aviation Director Tom Emanuel. "I will certainly be there."

Danville district OKs pact with food service workers

DANVILLE — The school district's food service workers have a new contract.

But negotiators for Danville schools and custodial workers' union will go back to the bargaining table to try hammering out an issue in that contract.

Parkland gets promised state money after 20 years

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College has finally received money, $24 million, first promised to it 20 years ago to pay for projects that will allow it to register more students.

Danville school board adopts new dress-code policy with one change

DANVILLE — The Danville school board on Wednesday approved guidelines for a uniform dress code proposal for students with only one major change.

Instead of requiring 75 percent of parental support to implement the policy, a school would need only 60 percent.

United Way reviews support for Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club

CHAMPAIGN — The Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club has new officers following the resignations of four board members, even as the United Way re-examines its funding for the financially stressed agency.

The Don Moyer board met Saturday and chose Toney Tomaso, who stepped down as board president this spring after a two-year term, to resume that role effective Monday.

Danville school board might use federal money for hiring staff

DANVILLE — Danville schools administrators hope to increase instructional support for students with the help of federal money.

Superintendent Mark Denman said the district has about $600,000 of its nearly $2.5 million federal jobs-bill allocation remaining.