Savoy school could follow tax increase

SAVOY – The village board saw hope for a school in Savoy Wednesday.

But the hope will be largely up to Champaign County voters in November.

Minority trades program proposed

RANTOUL – A program to pay minority students to learn lucrative building trades is winning support from several government bodies.

Under the proposed construction education plans, 19 juniors and seniors at Champaign, Urbana and Rantoul schools would earn $7.50 an hour while spending four hours a day in summer school, followed by another 40 hours of training in the school year.

DACC, Parkland students win awards from USA Today

A student from Danville Area Community College and one from Parkland College in Champaign have been recognized by USA Today as outstanding undergraduates at two-year colleges.

Jacob Lane and Jeffrey Arnold – second-year students at DACC and Parkland, respectively – were named to the All-USA Community College Academic First Team.

Finalist for Central principal gives views at forum

CHAMPAIGN – Joe Williams says he was an average teacher.

His years in education have taught him how important it is that a teacher have a strong relationship with his students, something he said he could have done better.

Residents discuss equity in education

CHAMPAIGN – About 50 community members left yardwork and outdoor activities Sunday afternoon to discuss how the Champaign school district can ensure all students get a quality education after the consent decree ends.

The district held its second community forum at Edison Middle School. The forums are part of the district's long-range planning process for buildings, educational programs and community partnerships. Sunday's forum focused on equity and excellence in the district once the consent decree expires, now scheduled for June 2009.

Electronic equipment taken in burglaries

Burglars made off with several pieces of electronic equipment and a few other items in the past several days. In reports made to Urbana and Champaign police:

– March 29, 1400 block of Maple Park Drive, Champaign: Two handguns stolen.

Community invited to meet Champaign principal

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign middle school principal is the sole finalist for principal of Central High School.

Joe Williams will talk with teachers, parents and the public at a community forum at 7 p.m. Monday in Decker Theater at Central, 610 W. University Ave., C.

Former Urbana teacher White sentenced to 48 years

URBANA – A former Urbana grade school teacher was sentenced this afternoon to 48 years in prison for molesting female students.

Champaign County Judge Harry Clem sentenced Jon White, 27, of Villa Grove for aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving acts that occurred between August 2005 and December 2007 with 7- and 8-year-old girls who were students at Thomas Paine School in Urbana.

Students churn out toys to raise money for books

CHAMPAIGN – The factory opened at about 8:15 Thursday morning, and the employees were soon hard at work.

Some of them sanded round wooden discs, and some cut dowel rods into pieces. Others assembled the pieces into tops.

Move helping DACC get the word out

DANVILLE – Right under your plate of spaghetti is a chance to sharpen an old skill or learn a new one.

Danville Area Community College's Corporate and Community Education department is circulating 50,000 place mats in area restaurants with its ongoing schedule of specialty classes.