Private school administrator picked as next Uni High principal

URBANA – The next principal of University Laboratory High School hopes to blend the best of public and private education at the school.

Glee club changes booed by some UI alumni

URBANA – Changes to the University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club have some alumni singing an unhappy tune.

They're upset students can no longer simply try out for the glee club, but must instead audition before a panel of music faculty, who then assign students to whichever School of Music choir is deemed to be the best match.

Champaign consent decree hearing to focus on north seats

PEORIA – Lawyers on both sides of the Champaign school district's consent decree case will argue later this month on whether the decree should be extended.

U.S. District Court Judge Joe Billy McDade set a hearing for 9 a.m. April 28 at the federal district court in Peoria. The hearing is open to the public.

Kindergarten registration set in Urbana

URBANA – Children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 can be registered for kindergarten in Urbana schools next week.

The Urbana district will host kindergarten registration April 23-24 at its six elementary schools, for children entering kindergarten in August. Early registration helps schools plan for the number of kindergarten teachers needed at each school, officials said.

42-year Urbana Park District Board member attends final meeting

URBANA – For 42 years, Bruce Larson spent at least one Tuesday night every month attending a meeting of the Urbana Park District board.

No more. The University of Illinois emeritus professor of biochemistry and nutritional sciences attended his final park board meeting Tuesday, after opting to not run for an eighth six-year term. Larson is the longest-serving commissioner in the history of the park district, eclipsing the 40 years served by J.C. Blair, who was on the original park board and was its first president in 1907.

Edgar says community colleges important for economy

DANVILLE – As they have done previously, community colleges again will play a major role in helping people get through these tough economic times, a former Illinois governor told community college officials on Tuesday.

"The recession will end, but things won't be the same," said former Gov. Jim Edgar, now a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs. "We have to be prepared and have our workers prepared for the new economy. This is a great opportunity for you in higher education."

Concoard Coalition panel seeks solutions to fiscal woes

CHAMPAIGN – We have problems.

That's one thing three Washington insiders agree on, even if they don't share common views on how federal budget deficits, a mounting national debt and escalating health care costs should be contained.

Program introducing Urbana students to technology

URBANA – Ceigan Westfield created a checkbook in Microsoft's Excel program Tuesday afternoon, to track income and expenses such as rent, car payment and insurance.

Ceigan doesn't pay rent or have a car. He's only 9, and in the third grade at King Elementary School in Urbana. But he's learning to use Excel, a spreadsheet program often used for financial tasks, by making the checkbook.

Champaign County to host Money Smart Week events

CHAMPAIGN – More than 50 different workshops and classes on financial issues will be offered in Champaign County next week as part of Money Smart Week.

The free events – coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – are designed to educate consumers about money management and to answer questions they have about finances.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm considers raising graduation requirements

GEORGETOWN – School officials are considering raising the graduation requirements for Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School to keep them in line with schedule changes that will begin this fall.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm High Principal Steve Sliva said Monday that he wants to increase the number of credits required for high-school graduation from its current level of 20.5 to 22.0, starting with the incoming freshman class, the class of 2013.