Site picked for new school in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – A site selected for a new school north of University Avenue meets one consent decree criterion – it's north.

But, fulfilling the fears of vigilant members of the black community who keep a close eye on equity issues, it's also on the edge of a new subdivision likely to have a primarily white population, which means black student busing will still be the rule rather than the exception.

Uni High assistant track coach accused of molesting students

URBANA – An assistant track coach at University High School is accused of molesting two girls since last fall.

Yuri Ermakov, 23, who listed an address in the 1000 block of East Colorado Avenue, Urbana, was arraigned Monday on two separate counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

District set to respond after vote — up or down

CHAMPAIGN – If voters approve a tax increase on the March 21 ballot to build three new elementary schools, district officials are ready to take fast action.

"We'll hit the ground running," Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas said. "We'll let bid packages for the northwest and Savoy schools within a couple of weeks. We'll get moving on them as soon as possible, and I hope we're building by late summer so they can be enclosed by winter."

Just the FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the Champaign schools bond issue:

Projected bump in elementary students hasn't materialized

CHAMPAIGN – Numbers used to promote a 1997 Champaign school referendum show housing start estimates don't always translate into new students to fill schools.

In projections promoting a 1997 referendum to build Stratton and Barkstall schools, school officials based population projections on estimates of 1,343 new housing starts in the district.

It's your business: Smokehouse becoming sports bar in Tuscola

The country farmhouse look is on its way out at the former Smokehouse restaurant in Tuscola.

Remodeling is under way to turn the place off Interstate 57 into a modern-looking sports bar and nightclub catering to young adults.

Much-needed space would give students, teachers, staff room to grow

CHAMPAIGN – Esther Muhr and the 137 students in her Bottenfield School enrichment classes trek daily, rain or shine, across two parking lots to their classroom in Faith United Methodist Church.

Muhr said everyone's adjusted well to that displacement.

At last, village school a 'priority'

SAVOY – The last elementary school in Savoy closed three decades ago, a victim of declining enrollment in the Champaign school district.

Now, with development booming, the district has proposed a new school in Champaign County's fastest-growing community.

New school board president to take gavel

CHAMPAIGN – School board members' action-packed Monday night agenda includes a change in officers and approval of a site to be purchased for a new elementary school.

At the 7 p.m. meeting at district headquarters, 703 South New St., board President Scott Anderson is expected to hand over the gavel to one of two contenders for the president's job, Margie Skirvin or Dave Tomlinson. Members will vote on Anderson's successor at the meeting.

Schools waiting for vote before worrying about future acreage

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district plans to announce the intended site for a new elementary school in north Champaign at Monday night's board meeting.

Meanwhile, it's shopping for property for a new high school near Mattis Avenue and Olympian Drive, not far from the High School of St. Thomas More, according to Superintendent Arthur Culver.

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