Parents plan for activities as strike continues

DANVILLE – The raindrops may have driven them to shelter, but it didn't take them away from their effort toward spending some reading time at the Danville Soccer Complex.

Classes canceled Wednesday in Danville; labor talks to resume

DANVILLE — Classes for more than 6,000 Danville students will be canceled again Wednesday due to the Danville Education Association’s strike.

Superintendent Mark Denman said the district and union will resume negotiations at 6 p.m. at the Jackson Building.

Looking back at 1977 teachers strike in Danville

DANVILLE – Thirty-three years later, some issues haven't changed much, such as pay freezes and financial surpluses.

The last Danville teacher's strike, which took place in 1977, delayed the beginning of the school year for four days, according to news reports.

Schools in Danville remain closed by strike

DANVILLE –  Danville schools will remain closed Tuesday to all students and most staff, and teachers and support staff will continue to walk the picket line as the Danville Education Association's strike enters its second day.

Danville teachers, staff take to picket line

DANVILLE – Though hundreds of Danville teachers and support staff who went on strike on Monday began walking the picket line early that morning, they said they hope they're not there long.

"We're all hoping for a very quick resolution," said teacher Deb Runyan, a liaison between the Danville Education Association and its negotiating team.

Champaign school board meeting canceled

CHAMPAIGN - A meeting of the Champaign school board scheduled for Monday night has been canceled.

A power outage affecting much of Champaign prompted the cancellation, according to Beth Shepperd, assistant superintendent for human resources and community relations.

Q&A with principal of Urbana Middle School

URBANA – Urbana Middle School students have been back in the classroom for just a few weeks.

But the school's new principal has been on the job since the beginning of July.

Scott Woods, 35, came to Urbana from West Aurora. This will be his ninth year in a middle school, his seventh year as a school administrator, and his fifth year as a principal.

Head Start uses grants to expand early-childhood program

URBANA – Champaign County Head Start has expanded its Early Head Start program to provide services to 56 more infants and toddlers.

And it has more space in Urbana for those very young children, thanks to a federal grant.

The program received $810,000, from federal stimulus money, to expand its Early Head Start services.

Danville teachers strike

DANVILLE – Late-night negotiations Sunday did not produce a contract, and the Danville teachers' union has gone on strike.

A one-line message atop the  school district's website on Monday says, "School is closed due to a teachers strike."

DACC fall enrollment a new record

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College officials once again are reporting record enrollment numbers.

Officials said the fall 2010 10th-day enrollment figures show a nearly 7 percent credit-hour increase from the fall 2009 10th-day numbers, which were record-breaking that year.