Villa Grove school board plans for $350,000 in cuts

VILLA GROVE – Despite the recent increase in the state income tax, the Villa Grove school board is moving forward with plans to cut about $350,000 from the budget and raise local revenue for next school year.

PBL board acts on air quality report

PAXTON – Indoor air quality at Paxton's four schools is not a problem that requires immediate attention, a consultant says.

However, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district decided not to wait to address potential problems.

Rossville-Alvin parents have questions about reactivating high school

ROSSVILLE – Some parents in the Rossville-Alvin school district want to make sure they know exactly what a reactivated high school could offer students before they vote in April on whether to re-open the high school.

Volunteers commemorate King with service day

URBANA – School was out Monday, and Jazzlyn Carter could have been relaxing at home.

Instead, she and other Urbana High School students were volunteering to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"It's MLK Day and I'm not going to be at home sitting on the couch," said Carter, an Urbana High School freshman.

Enrollment at Rossville-Alvin Grade School

Rossville-Alvin Grade School enrollment since the high school's deactivation

Year; Enrollment (Pre-k through 8th grade)

2006; 346

2007; 318

2008; 280

2009; 266

2010; 239

Source: Illinois State Report Card

Parkland joining other two-year institutions in reassessing success

CHAMPAIGN – A four-year university can be ranked by its graduation rate – the University of Illinois has graduated 82 percent of its starting freshmen after six years.

But how do you measure an institution where students may be getting a two-year degree, heading on to a lifetime of academic work, or simply taking Guitar 1?

GCMS seeks state funds for help with new roof

GIBSON CITY – The school district is hoping a $175,000 matching grant from the state will pay half the estimated cost of a new roof over most of the elementary school.

At a recent special meeting, board members approved Superintendent Chuck Aubry's application for the matching dollar grant program that is being administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Champaign tweaking schools of choice

CHAMPAIGN – Parents of incoming kindergarten students will likely get to list five preferred schools in the Champaign school district's registration process this year, rather than three.

Champaign changes schedule for kindergarten meetings

Meeting moved up

The Champaign school district has made a change in its schedule of community forums to explain its Schools of Choice school assignment system for kindergarten students.

A forum previously scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Savoy Recreation Center has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at Barkstall Elementary School.

Champaign wants to spur interest in magnet programs

CHAMPAIGN – Expect to hear more in the next few weeks from the Champaign school district about the magnet school programs set to begin in the fall.

The district is beginning a publicity campaign about the magnet programs before a special registration period for the programs at Garden Hills and Washington elementary schools begins at the end of the month.