Columbia principal leaves Champaign school district

CHAMPAIGN – The principal for Columbia Center, in the Champaign school district, has resigned.

Charles Hogue tendered his resignation Monday afternoon, said Assistant Superintendent Beth Shepperd.

Danville school board hopes to appoint principal for South View

DANVILLE – Danville schools officials hope to appoint a new South View Middle School principal at a special meeting on Wednesday.

The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St., Danville.

Rantoul school board OKs new junior high promotion policy

RANTOUL – Officials with the Rantoul City Schools are raising the bar for promotion at J.W. Eater Junior High School.

The school board has approved a revised promotion policy that will go into effect when school starts in August.

Restructuring effort moves ahead at Urbana High School

URBANA – After months of meeting and debating, the plan to restructure Urbana High School in the wake of failing to meet federal testing benchmarks has yet to be finalized.

In a June 4 e-mail, the State Board of Education gave the district 30 days to come up with a revised plan for figuring out what's working and fixing what's not.

Schools statewide try to solve deficiencies with no road map

Like so many Humpty Dumpties, high schools around Illinois are falling apart by the standards of No Child Left Behind federal legislation, failing to educate enough of their students well enough to meet math, science and reading standards.

And after five years of missing federal benchmarks, the federal government defines those schools as failing and tells school districts to put the pieces of that failing school back together again in a better way – a process called restructuring – or else the state government will step in and do its own style of crack-fixing.

Learning made fun: Uni camp gives taste of high school life

URBANA – In an echoing dance studio at the University of Illinois, children are kicking and screaming. And in this case, it's a good thing.

The kicking comes when the kids, mostly ages 9-11, practice their moves at University Laboratory High School's summer camp, where sessions range from a week learning how to program a robot to another week creating spoken-word poetry.

Danville school launching program to boost parent involvement

TILTON – Though Bob Finley and his wife, Brenda, lead busy lives, they make a point of being involved at their son Dakota's school. Finley thinks their involvement at Southwest Elementary lets Dakota know that his education is important to them and should be to him, too.

This year, Southwest officials are launching a program aimed at boosting parent involvement, which, in general, has fallen off.

Champaign district hires Urbana native as principal

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district hired an Urbana native as principal for Bottenfield Elementary School Thursday night.

The Champaign school board approved hiring Matthew Foster. He is currently assistant principal of Independence Elementary School in Bolingbrook, in the Valley View school district, a position he's held for the past three years.

Urbana school board seeks volunteers for facilities panel

URBANA – The Urbana school board is looking for a few good members of the community for a new facilities planning committee.

The goal of the committee is to come up with a long-term "road map" for how the school district's buildings should look and operate in the near and not-so-near future, board President Mark Netter said.

DACC trustees hire firm to underwrite technology bonds

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College trustees on Tuesday took a step toward issuing about $1 million in technology bonds to upgrade computers and other technology on campus.

"When students have better computers at their high schools than they have at DACC, we need to upgrade," Trustee Ron Serfoss said.