Freshman set to serve as DACC trustee

DANVILLE -- Before John Spezia takes his seat on the Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees, another newly elected trustee will be seated.

Hayley Lockwood, 18, of Catlin won the student trustee seat after running unopposed in a campuswide election on April 12 and 13.

Danville launches academy for teachers to help colleagues

DANVILLE -- Suzi Wagner and MaryEllen Bunton are excellent teachers, according to their former students.

Danville schools administrators agree.

That's why administrators asked them and other excellent staffers to teach the teachers, in the district's first professional development academy.

Unity to get geothermal system

TOLONO – Unity High School is going green with a $2.39 million geothermal system that will heat and cool the school while helping the environment.

The Unit 7 school board on Wednesday hired St. Louis-based performance contractor Control Technology and Solutions to replace the mechanicals at the school.

Culver may be out of running for Georgia job

CHAMPAIGN Champaign school Superintendent Arthur Culver appears to be out of the running for a superintendent's job in metropolitan Atlanta.

The DeKalb County, Ga., school system is in negotiations with the other finalist, North Carolina superintendent Lillie Cox, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

DACC considers making campus smoke-free

DANVILLE -- After a test or stressful class, Danville Area Community College student Cassandra Morris said she likes to step outside and smoke a cigarette.

"It just helps calm your nerves," the first-year nursing student said.

County board OKs bonds, Olympian Drive resolution


URBANA -- Champaign County Board members approved issuing $2.4 million in capital improvement revenue bonds Thursday to build an addition to Countryside School, a private elementary school in Champaign.

Champaign postpones meeting; Culver ready to leave

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CHAMPAIGN -- With no word from a Georgia school system that is considering Champaign Superintendent Arthur Culver as a finalist for its top job, the Champaign school board has postponed a special meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday evening.

Energy grants will help Rantoul schools replace doors

RANTOUL -- The community's grade school district will use $250,000 in federal energy efficiency grant money to add new entrance doors on four of the district's five school buildings.

The Rantoul City Schools board was informed last week that the district received the funds April 8.

Earth Day program at Anita Purves Nature Center 2011

 At the Anita Purves Nature Center  in Urbana, IL. Monday, April 18, 2011 students took part in five E.A.R.T.H. Day stations and learned about local foods, recycling, MTD hybrid bus; added to an eco-art project and took a guided hike in Busey Woods. 

Blue Ridge schools will have police presence after bomb threat

FARMER CITY – Entrances to Blue Ridge schools will be secured starting Tuesday morning after the school district received a bomb threat Monday afternoon.

The district said Monday afternoon that it had "received a bomb threat for a future date" at Blue Ridge High School and was putting its crisis management plan into effect.