Danville school officials expect state funding woes will bring $2.4 million deficit

DANVILLE – Danville school officials are projecting that the district will end the current fiscal year about $2.4 million in the red.

"That's even sort of a guess," Superintendent Mark Denman said Friday. "We simply don't know what's going to happen with state funding, which is 51 percent of our revenue."

Champaign school board OKs contract for support staff

CHAMPAIGN – Support staff in the Champaign school district will get step increases on their salary schedule for additional years of employment, but they will not get any increase to their base salaries under a three-year contract approved by the Champaign school board Monday night.

New bids on work on Washington have it back on budget

CHAMPAIGN – The construction project to rebuild Champaign's Washington Elementary School is now back within its budget.

The original bids for construction work came in nearly $2 million over budget, at $15 million, and the district rebid some of the work.

State proposal on part-time superintendents would affect Thomasboro

THOMASBORO – A proposal to be heard by the state board of education to eliminate part-time school superintendents would affect districts such as Thomasboro Grade School.

Health, safety, activity fair set Aug. 21 at Village Mall

DANVILLE – Just in time for back to school, Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation's HALO Project is sponsoring a health, safety and activity fair for area children and their families.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Danville group accepting donations for after-school, camp programs

DANVILLE – While "The Caucus in the Park" is a free event, Elmwood Community Playground and Civic Group members will be accepting donations for their long-running after-school program and 2011 summer camp.

Board member Owen Nelson hopes to raise about $2,000 for the after-school program, and another $2,000 for the summer camp.

Program helping Meade Park teachers close reading gap

DANVILLE – Meade Park Elementary School teacher Cheryl Brown knows the frustration of seeing students and staff work hard throughout the school year to prepare for high-stakes state testing, then get lower-than-expected results.

Thomasboro students make gains on state tests

THOMASBORO – Thomasboro students in grades three through eight made adequate yearly progress from 2009 to 2010 on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test.

UI institute helps area educators take nanotechnology to classrooms

URBANA – Usually the stuff of "clean" rooms and laboratories and studied by university research professors, nanotechnology is making its way to the classroom.

To the middle school and high school classroom, that is, thanks to a summer institute for teachers being held at the University of Illinois.

Professor in talks to return to Newman Center

CHAMPAIGN – An adjunct professor who got his job back with the University of Illinois last week may also be returning to the Newman Center.