$121 million project aims to improve digital resources for researchers

URBANA — A new $121 million project led by the University of Illinois will help researchers collaborate in a secure environment, while focusing on their work rather than the technology behind it.

Oakwood school board approves 3-year contract

FITHIAN — Oakwood school district certified and noncertified staff are getting salary increases under a new three-year contract.

The school board voted unanimously to approve the agreement with the Unit 76 Education Association on Monday. The union ratified it last Thursday.

Fugitive sex offender Catron in Vermilion jail

DANVILLE — After nearly 19 years on the run, international fugitive and convicted sex offender Dennis G. Catron is behind bars in Vermilion County.

According to police records, Catron, 60, was booked at the Danville Public Safety Building at 6:50 p.m. Monday.

Forum planned on Danville dress code

DANVILLE — Parents have a chance to sound off on a uniform dress-code proposal at the first of two public forums on Wednesday.

The forum is set for 6 to 7 p.m. at Danville High School's Van Dyke Auditorium, 202 E. Fairchild St.

A second one will be held 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Danville Public Library's community room, 319 N. Vermilion St.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm starts filling vacancies

GEORGETOWN — Changes occurred Monday among those guiding the Georgetown-Ridge Farm schools, and more changes will likely be coming soon.

Danville school plans for leaders

DANVILLE — Northeast Elementary Magnet School students will have a chance to step into leadership roles this year.

Staff members are making plans to establish the school's first student advisory committee and a peer-mediation program.

Oakwood board launches search for new superintendent

FITHIAN — Keven Forney may be retiring as the Oakwood schools chief next June, but don't expect him to skate through his last year on the job.

"We have some major initiatives we're working on," Forney said, adding he wants to check them off the district's to-do list before he steps down when his three-year contract ends on June 30.

Officials seeking grants for enrichment at four Vermilion schools

DANVILLE — Project Success of Vermilion County officials hope to expand the agency's successful extended-day academic enrichment program to four more schools in the county later this year.

District, agency push for 'another level' with Danville's South View

DANVILLE — For the last four years, the Danville school district and Project Success of Vermilion County have joined forces to make South View Middle School a 21st Century Community Learning Center.

Now they're working to expand it into a community school, starting this fall.

Transcript of town hall by president at University of Maryland

From the White House: here is a transcript of remarks by the president at the University of Maryland for a town hall on July 22, 2011.