Two offer to help in drug education at Fisher schools

FISHER – Community members Kay Horsch and Janet Hoffman told the Fisher school board last week that they would be happy to assist the schools with substance-abuse education. Horsch first submitted a proposal to the board 20 years ago, and many of her suggestions were adopted then.

But she said she'd like to see the school work with the community and the churches and local businesses now.

Villa Grove sets forum for school board candidates

VILLA GROVE – The Villa Grove Education Association is sponsoring a school board candidates' forum at 7 p.m. March 23 in the Villa Grove school cafeteria.

Candidates will be asked to share their qualifications and platforms. The panel of five candidates will then answer questions from a moderator. The teachers union will provide some initial questions, but also encourage members of the public to take their own.

Urbana superintendent's contract up for annual review

URBANA – The Urbana school board will take action on Superintendent Preston Williams' contract at its Tuesday board meeting.

Board President Mark Netter said he doesn't "want to talk about the details" of the contract before it comes before the board in open meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. at 205 N. Race St., U.

Champaign schools seek public's input on redistricting

CHAMPAIGN – Parents, students and community members can help shape a Champaign high school redistricting plan at a series of upcoming forums.

The school district wants to redraw the boundaries for Central and Centennial high schools for the 2010-11 school year to equalize enrollments and achieve socioeconomic balance.

Families settle with Urbana school district in Jon White case

URBANA – Parents of two of the child victims of Jon White settled their claims against the Urbana school district on Friday morning.

Parents of the first child, identified only as Jane Doe-4, were awarded guardianship over a settlement of $398,500 present-day dollars, an amount that Judge Brian McPheters said "is the highest present value that I've heard of (in White-related cases)."

Parents of the second child, called Jane Doe-6, were awarded $190,000 present-day dollars, a smaller amount because the parents had moved from the Urbana school district before the 2006-07 school year, when the school district was first notified of parental concerns about White's actions with children. Jane Doe-6 is now 9 years old.

Alleged victim says there's no mistaking boy's intent

URBANA – A 15-year-old girl listed as the victim of a criminal sexual assault at Urbana High School last month came to court Friday to see the classmate accused of molesting her.

But it wasn't the first contact between her and the 15-year-old boy since the Feb. 19 incident.

Since the Urbana school board voted to let him return to school March 5, the accused and accuser have been under the same roof for a week, even through Judge Harry Clem had ordered the boy to have no contact with the girl.

Catlin, Jamaica, Oakwood discuss co-op high school

CATLIN – Superintendent Guy Banicki said Thursday that a meeting earlier this week with school officials from the Oakwood and Jamaica school districts went well, and that officials plan to meet again next month to further discuss a proposed single cooperative high school for the three districts.

Car strikes field trip bus, delaying students' return

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign Centennial High School orchestra's field trip to see the opera got sidetracked Wednesday when their school bus was struck by a car in downtown Chicago.

The students didn't get home until after midnight, but Centennial Principal Justin Moore said nobody was injured.

Lakeview College of Nursing sets open houses

DANVILLE – Lakeview College of Nursing will host open houses for prospective students from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 28.

The events will be held at at 903 N. Logan Ave. in Danville and at 580 W. Lincoln Ave. in Charleston on Eastern Illinois University's campus.

Foundation gives $17,100 for digital police car cameras

URBANA – An organization born out of the deaths of two Ogden sisters killed by a drunken driver has donated another $17,100 to two area police departments to help in the fight against driving after drinking to excess.

On behalf of the Journey Foundation, Jim and Barb Esworthy of Ogden on Wednesday presented $12,600 to Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh and $4,500 to Assistant University of Illinois Police Chief Jeff Christensen to buy cameras to put in squad cars at their departments.