SJ-O seeks funding help for building work

ST. JOSEPH – St. Joseph-Ogden High School has submitted a request for help funding the replacement of the HVAC system in the south wing of the building, Superintendent Jim Acklin said.

Acklin submitted the request to the Champaign County FIRST project. The selection committee decided to endorse energy efficiency projects in all Champaign County schools, Acklin said.

RTHS principal to become superintendent

The Rantoul Township High School board will vote to make Scott Amerio superintendent of the district in February.

Team, school thinking of injured seventh-grader

CHAMPAIGN – Edison Middle School boys' basketball coach Mikki Johnson describes Bradley Dee as an energetic player who contributes to the school's 21-2 squad as its "sixth man."

"He plays the power forward position for us, and he is a very good player," said Johnson. "He has been doing very well for us this season."

Danville one of six districts in nation in program on disabilities

DANVILLE – Danville is one of six school districts in the nation participating in a pilot program to analyze the number of students with disabilities receiving at least a portion of their instruction in a general education classroom setting.

Expert: Combine physical, mental exercises

URBANA – Patty Bergan sometimes cringes at the thought of an administrator walking into her second-grade classroom at Wiley Elementary School when she's blasting music from "Mamma Mia" and having her students dance a conga line around the room. But those 7-year-olds can't sit still for too long without having a chance to move, she said.

Extension likely to become its own campus unit

URBANA – University of Illinois Extension will likely move out of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences into its own campus-level unit after top administrators created an implementation plan this week.

The plan is in response to a Stewarding Excellence report last fall.

DACC to consider climbing tower for turbine courses

DANVILLE – One of the first skills that students learn in Danville Area Community College's wind energy degree program is how to scale the turbine towers. Faculty and students must travel significant distances to do that, but that will change this year.

Unit 7 bond refinancing will save $200,000

TOLONO – The Unit 7 school board has approved the refinancing of $12.5 million in existing bond debt.

The new rate will be 4.07 percent, with payments being made until 2021.

Businesses back program to help students

A program designed to encourage students to develop the skills necessary for college and the workplace is getting under way, with help from several local businesses.

The CUScholars program has three major sponsors on board – Horizon Hobby, Inc., Busey Bank and Herff Jones.

Urbana schools' website gets new look

URBANA – The New Year brought a new look for the Urbana school district website.

The newly designed website debuted this month, with a "cleaner" look that the district hopes will make it easier to use, said Maggie Harrah, the website information specialist for the school district.