Danville's Cannon Elementary meets state standards

DANVILLE – Danville schools officials got some good news on Thursday: One more elementary school met Illinois learning standards in 2009.

Friends of Danville Public Library sets used-book sale

DANVILLE – The Friends of the Danville Public Library will hold its Summer Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 25 in the first-floor meeting room at the Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St.

The sale includes books for children and adults, magazines, collectible books and audiovisual materials.

New Oakwood Junior High principal brings enthusiasm

OAKWOOD – A southern Illinois educator has been tapped to lead Oakwood Junior High School.

Oakwood school board members earlier this week approved appointing Sam Erwin as the school's new principal. He served as assistant principal of Hardin County High School in Elizabethtown last school year and recently had been promoted to principal for that district's grade school.

Judge orders Villa Grove to allow student's service dog

VILLA GROVE – A Douglas County judge has issued a temporary restraining order requiring the Villa Grove school district to allow a 6-year-old boy to bring his service dog with him to attend summer school classes.

Majority of Champaign consent decree now terminated

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district's consent decree has been terminated for all areas other than three in which the plaintiffs in the case are seeking an extension.

The consent decree, which aims to eliminate unwarranted racial disparities in a number of areas, including student achievement, was scheduled to expire June 30. The federal judge overseeing the case previously suspended its termination until the motions to extend the decree can be heard. The hearing is scheduled for Aug. 3.

Heritage moving ahead on more expensive gym project

HOMER – Heritage schools are moving once again toward the goal of constructing two new gymnasiums, one for each of the district's schools – but the total price tag is now expected to be about $2 million dollars higher than the originally projected $3 million dollar estimate.

The school board has hired First Midstate Inc. and Chapman and Cutler LLP to begin the bond issuance process on behalf of the district, to make up the difference.

Danville school officials reject offered Walgreen building

DANVILLE – After discussing it for about 18 months, Danville school board members on Wednesday rejected an offer to accept the old Walgreen Accounting building as a donation.

St. Joseph Middle School scores exceed state standards

ST. JOSEPH – Chris Graham, St. Joseph Middle School principal, said recently received results for the Illinois Standards Achievement Test showed most students scoring well above the state standards.

However, there were some concerns regarding fifth-grade writing scores. Graham said 57 students did not meet state standards in writing in the fifth grade. Of the 57 students, 50 were within one point of making state standards.

Two sheriff's officers to be added for St. Joseph festival

ST. JOSEPH – The village board has decided to contract for two additional sheriff's officers for the Fall Community Festival to be held Aug. 6, 7, and 8.

Trustee Scott Cousert said the Public Safety Committee thought that would be the best way to continue the family-oriented tradition of the festival.

5 of 11 Danville schools fail to meet state standards

DANVILLE – While Danville schools officials continue to see improvement on high-stakes standardized test scores, they said the district and possibly six of its 11 schools did not meet tougher state learning standards in 2009.