WESTVILLE – When 12-year-old Morgan Wright heard that St. Mary's School might close this year, she told her parents she wouldn't attend seventh grade anywhere else.
Tara Wright said her daughter, a sixth-grader, and son Garett, a second-grader, have gone to St. Mary's since they were in the 3-year-old preschool program.
CHAMPAIGN – Tonia Kirby relies on a computer specialist to help her and her second-grade students learn about new technology, get technology such as SMART Boards set up in her classroom at Robeson Elementary School and troubleshoot problems.
"She has great lesson plans," Kirby said of the specialist. "She teaches my kids why it's important not to share their passwords. She has a whole other perspective than I do as a classroom teacher."
URBANA – The 2009 University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Open House will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with more than 300 veterinary students offering a behind-the-scenes look at the care and treatment of animals.
The Urbana campus has the state's only veterinary college.
CHAMPAIGN – Want to know where a Champaign school board candidate stands on a particular issue?
Community members will have the chance to find out this week, at a candidate forum hosted by the Champaign PTA Council. The forum will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.
MAHOMET – Officials at the Mahomet Public Library said a state grant announced on Thursday will help make their new building more than a "bare bones" project. "We needed money to make the building more energy-efficient," said Library Director Lynn Schmit.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's office announced on Thursday the Mahomet library was receiving a $125,000 grant.
CHAMPAIGN – Parents with children who will enter kindergarten in the Champaign school district this fall have a few more days to go through the schools of choice kindergarten registration process.
Parents who register with the district's Family Information Center during March can list their top three preferences for an elementary school for their children. "We need to remind families to come on out and get that done," said Hattie Paulk, director of the Family Information Center.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district will lay off about the same number of teachers next week as it did last year, even though it is looking to cut staff costs for the next school year.
The district will lay off 80 teachers and 23 support staff, said Beth Shepperd, assistant superintendent for human resources. The school board will be asked to approve the layoffs when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.
CHAMPAIGN – Traffic may be congested early next week around Dr. Howard school in Champaign. Sewer work in the 1200 block of West Park Street will continue Saturday, the city said in a release.
The contractor is Duce Construction. The city said the company has added workers and if the weather cooperates will aim to reopen the street by Monday. If the work isn't finished, though, drivers may encounter congestion Monday.
DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Reader's Route Program will hold its annual Scrabble for Literacy Fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 19 in the Student Union in Lincoln Hall, on campus, 2000 E. Main St.
There are three ways to play with each category open to adults and teens, 16 and older.
WESTVILLE – Community members are holding out hope that St. Mary's School, Westville's longtime Catholic school, will continue to educate young people as it has for many decades.
But Brother William Dygert, superintendent of schools in the Peoria Diocese, said on Wednesday that St. Mary's School is being considered for closure, referring more specific questions to the local parish priest, the Rev. Timothy Sauppe, who was out of town Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.