Danville using literacy grant to hire nine teaching assistants

DANVILLE – Some Danville students will get more help learning how to read this year.

School officials are using a $300,000 Reading Improvement Program grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to hire nine teaching assistants to provide extra instruction and intervention activities at all elementary schools.

Eagle Academy close to move-in day in Rantoul

RANTOUL – Eagle Academy students are still waiting to move into the alternative school's new building on Borman Drive.

Superintendent David Requa is anticipating an October moving date.

Brown recluse spider found in PBL High School office

PAXTON – A poisonous brown recluse spider has been found in a third school building in Paxton, officials confirmed over the weekend.

A staff member at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School caught a spider in the school's office on Thursday, Superintendent Cliff McClure said, and representatives of the school district's pest-control provider, Terminix, have identified it as a brown recluse.

Unit 4 board reviews list of community goals

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district has a list of goals from the community for "what" it should do to improve the school system over the next 15 years.

The "how" is now up to the school board and district staff.

Danville school district to consider raises for substitute teaching assistants, secretaries

DANVILLE – Before school started in 2007, Danville school board members boosted the daily pay rate for substitute teachers.

On Wednesday, they will consider whether to do the same for substitute teaching assistants and secretaries.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School short of progress goal

GEORGETOWN – District high school students improved slightly in their performance on standardized state testing last year, but not enough to keep up with the state's adequate yearly progress goals.

Champaign woman's program earns national award

RANTOUL – The woman who founded a pioneering program that brings together adoptive children and senior citizens in a single community on the former Chanute Air Force Base will be recognized with a national award today.

Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of former presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., announced that Brenda Kraus Eheart of Champaign is the 2008 recipient of the Heinz Award for the Human Condition, presented by the Heinz Family Foundation.

Champaign County lawyers offering People's Law School this fall

CHAMPAIGN – Ever wondered about starting your own business, whether you need to put your money in a trust for your kids, how the Family Medical Leave Act works or how to get disability from Social Security?

Champaign County lawyers will address all those topics and more in plain language in a series of sessions called the People's Law School being offered on Wednesdays this fall at the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, 302 N. First St., C.

Regional schools' chief to open satellite office in Monticello

MONTICELLO – Dick Shelby, Macon-Piatt regional superintendent of schools, has announced a satellite office will open in Monticello on Sept. 17.

The office will be in the city municipal building at 210 N. Hamilton St. Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

Vision Committee previews plan for Champaign schools' future

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign residents are asking the school district to accomplish a number of things over the next 15 years, from creating a team to look at potential school locations to establishing a bullying prevention program to increasing foreign-language offerings.

Groups of residents and community leaders who have been working since last winter on planning for the future of the Champaign school district have finalized their strategic plan, and the school board will talk about it at a study session Monday. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.