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District, Champaign teachers' union reach agreement

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district and its teachers' union reached a tentative contract agreement Wednesday night.

They reached the agreement after four and a half hours of negotiating, with the help of a federal mediator. It was the third time the two sides had met with the mediator.

Champaign school board, teachers reach tentative agreement

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district and its teachers' union reached a tentative contract agreement Wednesday night.

They reached the agreement after four and a half hours of negotiating, with the help of a federal mediator. It was the third time the two sides had met with the mediator.

Unit 4 employees, volunteers take a stand against truancy

CHAMPAIGN – Hundreds of volunteers walked the streets of the Garden Hills neighborhood Tuesday evening, knocking on doors and talking to residents about the importance of getting their children to school every day and on time.

The effort was part of the Champaign school district's Operation STOP (Stop Truancy Outreach Program), and the goal is to get every school to at least a 95 percent attendance rate. The volunteers were principals, teachers and staff; district administrators; and members of community organizations. They knocked on the doors of nearly 500 homes Tuesday evening.

DACC board OKs funding plans for tech improvements

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College is a step closer to bringing much-needed technology improvements to the campus.

Trustees on Tuesday authorized a resolution declaring the college's intent to sell $1 million in technology and equipment bonds.

Champaign teachers to rally before latest negotiations

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign teachers plan to rally Wednesday evening at the school district's administration building, shortly before the district and the teachers' union meet for the third time with a federal mediator.

"We want to send a message to the board that the teachers are united and standing behind the bargaining team," said Jon Nadler, a representative of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. "We thought that was important."

Officials anticipate budget deficit for Rantoul City Schools

RANTOUL – The Rantoul City Schools board anticipates a budget deficit for the 2008-2009 school year of more than $224,000.

The adopted budget projects expenditures of $14.74 million against revenues of $14.51 million. The district is expected to end the school year with $5 million cash on hand.

Fisher schools using new program to get kids to do their work

FISHER – Staff and students here are zapping out incomplete grades.

On Monday night principals Jim Moxley of the elementary school and Tom Shallenberger of the junior/senior high told school board members they have implemented the ZAP – zeros aren't permitted – program at their schools.

Officials praise restructuring work in Danville schools

DANVILLE – At Danville High School, freshman attendance is up, and discipline referrals are down. Teachers have more opportunity to hone their professional skills.

And Principal Mark Neil has made more than 75 classroom visits, largely thanks to the addition of a school administration manager.

Budget of Danville Area Community College up for vote

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College trustees on Tuesday will hold a public hearing on a proposed $27.63 million budget for the 2009 fiscal year.

Trustees then will vote on whether to adopt the spending plan, which has been on display for 30 days.

South Side Elementary seeing a baby boom this year

CHAMPAIGN – Babies are THE topic of conversation in the teachers' lounge at South Side Elementary School.