Mansfield lands two Safe Routes to School grants

MANSFIELD – The village of Mansfield has received two grants for the Safe Routes to School program.

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently announced that the village was awarded $2,000 for educational materials and $15,000 for speed feedback trailers and signs. Trustee Bambie Roy wrote the grants with help in the planning stage from Blue Ridge School district administrators, Farnsworth Group engineers, and other trustees.

Registration for fall youth and adult classes now open

DANVILLE – The Danville Family YMCA is holding open registration for youth and adult program classes that will begin Sept. 14 at its facility, 1111 N. Vermilion St.

Classes are seven weeks in length. Youth classes include swim lessons, tae kwon do, gymnastics/tumbling and youth strength training. Adult classes include freestyle kickboxing, yoga, pilates and tae kwon do.

Heritage pushes forward on gym/cafeteria projects

HOMER – Heritage school board members adopted a $2.5 million debt resolution certificate, a first step toward issuing general obligation bonds to fully fund the planned gymnasium/cafeteria projects at each of the district's two schools.

The funds would be in addition to the $3 million already secured through bond sales for the project.

Westville school aid figures down; budget still viable

WESTVILLE – Superintendent Jim Owens said he is continuing to adjust the proposed $10.68 million budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year, but that a final version should be ready for school board approval at the Sept. 16 meeting.

Owens initially anticipated receiving about $10.6 million in revenues during the 2009-10 fiscal year, but is adjusting those figures as well.

Rossville-Alvin Grade School teachers get new contract

DANVILLE – Rossville-Alvin Elementary School teachers and noncertified staff are working under a new three-year contract today.

The Rossville school board unanimously approved the agreement earlier this week, Superintendent Randy Hird said. The Rossville-Alvin Education Association ratified it on Aug. 10, chief negotiator Debra Wilson said.

Four more University of Illinois trustees step down

URBANA – Four more University of Illinois trustees said they will resign in the ongoing fallout from an admissions scandal.

DACC trustees put 2010 budget proposal on display

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College will be able to launch its new wind energy technician program and expand its culinary arts program under a proposed balanced budget for the 2010 fiscal year.

Trustees on Tuesday approved putting the proposed spending plan of about $30.5 million on display for 30 days. It is available at the college, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.

Novak enjoyed coming back to UI campus

Robert Novak never missed a chance to come back to his alma mater, whether it was for an Illini basketball game, alumni award or to meet personally with English students.

UI establishing Web-based appeals for admissions

URBANA – A Web-based appeals process for Urbana campus admissions will go online this fall at the University of Illinois, Chancellor Richard Herman said today.

"At the end of the day, we want a model which can be used nationally, so when people think about improving admissions, they'll think of Illinois," said Herman, who was at the State Fair with Gov. Pat Quinn.

Consent-decree plaintiffs' lawyers seek $1.26 million

CHAMPAIGN – The plaintiffs' attorneys in the Champaign school district's consent-decree case are asking for $1.26 million in attorney fees and costs related to their work on the case.

The amount of fees owed by the district to the plaintiffs' attorneys, who represented the district's black students, is the only unresolved matter remaining in the consent-decree case. The decree ended this summer in all but three areas – special education, alternative education and additional seats to be put in north Champaign – in which the plaintiffs were seeking an extension.