Teachers picket at Mahomet-Seymour; classes, activities canceled

MAHOMET – Teachers will picket from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in front of Middletown Early Childhood Center, where the Mahomet-Seymour school district administration offices are located.

According to Joan Jordan, the union's spokeswoman, this is the first time the union has gone on strike.

Urbana school board deadlocked on bond priorities

URBANA – The Urbana school board has agreed on financing the renovation of King Elementary School and air-conditioning a portion of Urbana High School when it issues bonds to be paid for with school facilities sales tax money.

But after an often-heated discussion, the board remained deadlocked Tuesday night on which of several other projects to proceed with first.

Police issue reminder on school-zone safety

CHAMPAIGN – With the University of Illinois' move-in day set today and the start of school coming in Champaign and Urbana, police have the following traffic reminders.

For drivers approaching a marked school crossing zone between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on days when school is in session and children are present, the driver must:

Mahomet-Seymour teachers on strike; classes canceled

MAHOMET – The Mahomet-Seymour Education Association has voted to go on strike effective at 7 a.m. today. According to union spokeswoman Joan Jordan, this is the first time the union has gone on strike.

Classes, extracurricular activities canceled at Mahomet-Seymour

MAHOMET — With a strike looming in the Mahomet-Seymour school district, all classes, extracurricular activities (including practices and competitions), club meetings, school-sponsored events and community or group usage of district facilities have been canceled until further notice.

GCMS high school misses state testing goal in math

GIBSON CITY – While the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district as a whole met the state's adequate yearly progress goals in both reading and math for 2010, the high school failed for the second straight year to meet math goals.

Blue Ridge to have partial pre-kindergarten program

FARMER CITY – Blue Ridge school board members voted Monday in favor of a partial pre-kindergarten program for the 2010-11 school year. A partial program will serve 35 of the most at-risk pre-k students instead of 70 as the district has done in the past, according to Superintendent Susan Wilson.

Fisher school district faces budget deficit

FISHER – For the first time as Fisher school superintendent, Barb Thompson has presented a deficit budget to the board.

Urbana schools start early to end early

URBANA – Jeremy Loui's summer is coming to an end a little earlier than usual this year.

The Urbana High School senior will be back in school this week, a week earlier than last year.