Urbana school board wants questions answered before decision on cell tower

URBANA -- The Urbana school board postponed Tuesday any decision on whether to allow a cell tower to locate on the athletic complex at the high school. Several board members said there are still unanswered questions, and they need more information before they can make a decision.

One of those questions is exactly where the tower would be located on the athletic campus.

Interim superintendent to return at Heritage

HOMER — Interim superintendent Allen Hall, who agreed to fill the gap last year when Andrew Larson resigned, will serve the Heritage school district for another academic year.

Board members set Hall's salary at last year's figure of $66,000, with a 120-workday limit to maintain his status as a Teachers' Retirement System retiree.

Fisher school board rejects all bids for work

FISHER — The Fisher school board rejected all of the bids it received last month for an addition to and the retrofitting of the junior/senior high, as well as the remodeling of the building for the bus barn. After looking over the revised plans for the bus garage from architect John Bishop of Farnsworth, the board also voted to seek new bids for that project alone.

Schlarman to have language study available online

DANVILLE — When the new Schlarman Academy opens its doors this fall, kindergarten through eighth-grade Catholic school children will be able to study foreign language through an online program by Rosetta Stone, a leading worldwide provider of technology-based language learning.

Unit 7 adds to improvements at Unity High

TOLONO — Some improvements will be added to those already being made at Unity High School this summer.

The school board last month voted to issue $3.5 million in bonds to pay for renovations at the 54-year-old school. On Wednesday, the board approved some work in addition to the $2.3 project of upgrading mechanicals and $100,000 locker room renovations.

Impact of bus barn fire will be felt all summer

ST. JOSEPH — On Thursday, St. Joseph-Ogden High School Superintendent Jim Acklin finished his "General State Aid" report, the one that determines how much money the school will get from the state for the coming year.

Danville prepares for next project at North Ridge

DANVILLE — As renovations on South View Middle School kick in to high gear, Danville schools officials already are preparing for the district's next major project at North Ridge Middle School.

Earlier this week, the Danville school board awarded contracts for surveying work and soil boring and testing at North Ridge, at 1619 N. Jackson St.

Fire destroys SJO bus barn

Interviews and images from the scene of the fire that the destroyed the SJO high school bus barn on Thursday, June 16, 2011.

Interim Champaign schools chief will make $1,000 a day

CHAMPAIGN — The interim superintendent for the Champaign school district will be paid $1,000 per day for the 100 days he will work for the district.

Danville school board looks at uniforms for Cannon

DANVILLE — When Robert Mitchell took a parent survey in March on whether Danville schools students should wear a uniform, he didn't hesitate in checking "yes."