Westville schools officials reveal $10.68 million budget

WESTVILLE – School officials unveiled a proposed $10.68 million budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year Wednesday, but Superintendent Jim Owens said he expects to make lots of changes to the anticipated revenues and expenditures before the school board votes to formally adopt it in September.

Owens said the proposed spending plan anticipates about $10.6 million in revenues as well, but that information from the state about funding keeps changing.

Kenwood teachers cook up camaraderie at meeting

CHAMPAIGN – The faculty meeting for Kenwood Elementary School teachers Wednesday morning included discussions about literacy, math and parent involvement.

It also included nine dozen eggs, 12 pounds of bacon, two bottles of syrup, frying pans, waffle irons and big white chef hats for everyone.

Illinois capital measure will help fund DACC project

DANVILLE – When Alice Jacobs became Danville Area Community College's president in 1999, a project to add more classroom and office space at the Mary Miller Center topped a list of capital improvements on campus.

Lincoln's Challenge to reopen Aug. 6, behind schedule

RANTOUL – The Lincoln's Challenge Academy in Rantoul will reopen Aug. 6, more than a month behind schedule, because of the recent uncertainty over the state budget.

Attorneys will hold consent-decree conference next week

PEORIA – Lawyers for the Champaign school district and the plaintiffs in the district's federal consent-decree case will hold a settlement conference next week to see if they can resolve any of the remaining issues before a scheduled Aug. 3 hearing.

The settlement conference before Magistrate Judge John Gorman in Peoria will be held Tuesday.

Prairieview-Ogden South's close on geothermal project

OGDEN – The geothermal system project at Prairieview-Ogden South elementary school is nearing completion.

Only punch list items are left to complete, said Superintendent Vic White. The geothermal project is to be completed by July 31.

DACC using national initiative to keep students on track

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College officials say nearly half of all undergraduate students in the country turn to community colleges for education and training, but too many of them leave without earning a degree or certificate or transferring to another school.

That's why they've joined Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, a long-term national initiative aimed at helping community college students – particularly minority and low-income students and others who face the most significant barriers to success – meet their educational goals.

Decree plaintiffs: Info on Savoy school, Columbia relevant

CHAMPAIGN – Evidence relating to the closed Columbia Center and a planned school in Savoy is relevant to whether the Champaign school district has complied with its consent decree obligations, plaintiffs in the case say.

Attorneys representing the district's black families filed responses Monday to the district's request to bar evidence related to Columbia Center and the Savoy school at an Aug. 3 hearing to determine whether to extend the consent decree. Plaintiffs are seeking to extend the decree in three areas – special education, alternative education and the placement of additional seats in north Champaign.

Lincoln's Challenge Academy to reopen one month late

RANTOUL – Lincoln's Challenge Academy is expected to re-open later this summer – about a month later than usual.

Lawmakers passed a new state budget last Wednesday, eschewing a tax increase and harsh budget cuts. It means the Rantoul-based National Guard academy will remain open, which is good news for the cadets who have applied and the more than 140 employees whose contracts were not extended this summer.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley schools facing $1 million loss

GIBSON CITY – State budget woes are catching up to the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district.

They are the cause for nearly half of the $1 million loss the district is projecting for the coming fiscal year.