CHAMPAIGN – Centennial High School officials will begin meeting with a few black students from each grade level next month to discuss their concerns regarding the school. The plan follows large group meetings with the school's black students earlier this month that drew criticism.
The students met by grade level at meetings on Nov. 7 and 8. The meetings were open to black students only. No teachers were present.
URBANA – On Saturday, fifth-grader Khalil Toombs spent his morning in school.
But he didn't mind.
URBANA – Urbana swimmers can see some water at the end of the tunnel.
The Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center, closed since a July 24 fire, is scheduled to reopen on Jan. 16, Urbana Park District spokeswoman Dana Mancuso said.
URBANA – It's official. The Urbana school district wants to buy the houses on the block between Iowa, Washington and Race streets and the high school parking lot.
But only when owners want to sell.
DANVILLE – Some pupils at St. Paul's Elementary School can add published author to their resumes.
Not bad, considering they're still learning how to read.
DANVILLE – Lakeview College of Nursing officials have begun a $500,000 construction project to give students much-needed classroom space.
"This means a great deal," Chief Executive Officer Dick Shockey said of the project's launch. "We can see the light at the end of the tunnel."
PAXTON – Paxton-Buckley-Loda students may get their homecoming photos after all.
Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine announced this morning that an attorney for Evolution Studios, 116 S. Poplar St., Onarga will be delivering digital images it shot earlier this fall both to PBL and to Argenta-Oreana High School as soon as today.
CHAMPAIGN – When Champaign fifth-graders received their report cards this month, they and their parents learned what letter grade they earned for the first quarter in reading, math and other academic subjects.
Some parents also received a report card indicating how their children were doing on both reading fluency and comprehension. It gave them marks on whether they stay on topic when writing a story, and it showed how well they understand multiplication, know the factors of a number and measure angles.
URBANA – Walk down a leafy section of Washington Street or Race Street near Urbana High School today and you'll see houses, yards, an empty storefront where Sunshine Grocery used to be.
But in 10 years, maybe 20, maybe more, several Urbana school board members hope to see that block of houses demolished, replaced by green space, parking and athletic fields for the high school and middle school.
One of the positive outcomes of the dramatic spike in energy costs is that far more people are paying attention to energy conservation measures, UI administrators said.
Earlier this year, UI President B. Joseph White established an energy task force of faculty and administrators from all three campuses. The group will make recommendations on how the university can reduce energy costs. A preliminary report is expected in March.