New Unit 7 chief: Budget difficulties ahead


TOLONO - New district superintendent Andrew Larson reported a positive financial picture for the district but said tougher times are almost certainly ahead.

Larson, who replaced retired superintendent Michael Shonk, said the school district ended the fiscal year with an overall $587,579 fund balance.

Mahomet-Seymour teachers approve intent-to-strike notice

MAHOMET – The Mahomet-Seymour school district's teacher union voted to file an intent-to-strike notice Thursday.

About 122 members of the union out of approximately 260 members were at the meeting, and 110 voted in favor of filing the intent.

Longtime advocate for DACC takes presidency of statewide group

DANVILLE – For years, Dave Harby has been an advocate for Danville Area Community College.

MTD contract awaits Champaign school board approval

CHAMPAIGN – A proposed contract to provide bus services for Champaign middle and high school students will be presented to school board members next month.

Jamaica, Catlin cautious about new law that could produce cooperative school

The Catlin and Jamaica school districts could create a three-year pilot program for a cooperative school, thanks to new legislation.

While school officials are pleased, they said a lot of discussion must take place before a decision on whether to pursue that is made.

Heritage school district faces potential deficit budget

Broadlands – Heritage schools Superintendent Allen Hall said a projected $600,000 shortfall in the district's education fund means hard choices are coming.

He asked school board members Monday to reflect on just how much they would be willing to raise the tax levy this year if the state should fail to pay out those annual funds.

Villa Grove tentative school budget in the red

VILLA GROVE - The tentative 2011 budget for the Villa Grove school district shows a deficit, based on a conservative estimate of $5.5 million in revenue for the upcoming fiscal year.

The estimated expenditures for the same year are $5.9 million, creating a deficit of $421,000.

Commission to begin study of how to pay for higher education in Illinois

CHICAGO – A panel to study higher education finance in Illinois and recommend options for the General Assembly has its first meeting Tuesday.

Dozens express concerns at Georgetown-Ridge Farm school board meeting

GEORGETOWN – School officials heard concerns about some of their recent decisions on Monday.

About 50 people were in the audience at the Georgetown-Ricge Farm school board meeting – including district employees, parents and students.

DACC trustees to vote on raising fees for child development center

DANVILLE – Parents may have to dig a little deeper in their pockets to send their children to Danville Area Community College's Child Development Center this fall.

DACC trustees on Tuesday will vote on whether to increase the center's fees $5 to $10 a week over the current fees.