School districts meet with aspiring teachers

URBANA – The Unit 7 school district doesn't need to hire any special education teachers for next year.

But Judy Rushton, the district's director of special education, was collecting resumes and talking with potential employees just the same Thursday at an education job fair on the University of Illinois campus. She knows it can be hard to find a good special education teacher when you need one.

Doctor warns of drug's hidden dangers

DANVILLE – Danville High School students Adrian Marbury and Morgan Walls knew very little about methamphetamines, learning about the drug only from what they saw on TV.

"It's a terrible drug that messes up your body," said Marbury, 17.

Overruns to force Champaign school district to make cuts

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district is looking for ways to cut expenses this year, to balance areas where it is spending more than budgeted.

Gene Logas, the district's chief financial officer, said the district is spending more than expected on special education placements, on legal fees related to its consent decree and on workers' compensation cases. It needs to find $500,000 to $600,000 in other areas to make up for those costs.

Urbana investigating alleged sexual misconduct at high school

URBANA – Police are investigating possible sexual misconduct involving two students last week at Urbana High School.

Urbana police Sgt. Bryant Seraphin said this morning that police began the investigation Friday afternoon after receiving a report of alleged sexual misconduct involving two high school students.

SJ-O's Zimmerman named Monticello superintendent

The Monticello Board of Education has hired the superintendent of St. Joseph-Ogden High School as its new leader.

Vic Zimmerman, who has been the superintendent at St. Joseph-Ogden High School for four years, signed a three-year contract Saturday worth $112,500 annually to replace Larry McNabb, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Dinner will raise funds for Urbana schools

URBANA – Want to win money and help Urbana schools?

At the 10th annual "Ca$h Ba$h" on Saturday, attendees can purchase one of 300 raffle tickets, with a top prize of $5,000 and more than 20 lesser cash prizes.

G-RF High school's campus to be closed for lunch

GEORGETOWN – Citing behavioral problems and safety concerns, school officials voted Monday to close the Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School campus over lunchtime starting in the fall.

The school board's vote will bring an end to a longstanding policy that allows all 350 Georgetown-Ridge Farm High students to leave school grounds during their 30-minute lunch period.

Urbana High School festival celebrating culture set for Tuesday

URBANA – Visitors to Urbana High School on Tuesday evening can get an eyeful, an earful and a mouthful at the first Celebration of Our Culture Festival.

The festival, part of Black History Month, starts with booths for food, information and arts at 4:30 p.m. at the school, 1002 S. Race St., U.

The molecular sound of silence

When we hear something, sound waves entering our inner ear are vibrating a thin membrane and stimulating hair cells that trigger nerve impulses to the brain for interpretation.

Is it Mozart or is it Megadeth?

DACC trustees to discuss small tuition increase

DANVILLE – Starting this summer, it may cost a little more to attend Danville Area Community College.

The Board of Trustees will discuss a slight tuition increase at its meeting on Tuesday.