Bad news turns into good for Danville school district workers who get their jobs back

DANVILLE – About 2 months after some Danville schools staff got the news that they were losing their jobs as part of the district's reduction in force, they got more news – only this time it was good.

Eleven teachers, 16 teaching assistants and a social worker were called back for the next school year.

Urbana school board reaches no consensus on early childhood facility

URBANA – The Urbana school board grappled with the issues relating to improving its early childhood facility, but it could not reach a consensus about how to do so.

The board held a special meeting Tuesday night to talk about options for its early childhood program.

Garden at Edison dedicated to Curtis McKinney

CHAMPAIGN – A part of Curtis McKinney will always be at Edison Middle School.

The school dedicated a memorial garden to the late physical-education teacher Monday morning. Mr. McKinney had been a PE teacher at Edison since 2002 when he died in April.

How to contribute to McKinney fund

The Curtis William McKinney Memorial Fund was established to create scholarships for students and for memorial projects at Edison Middle School and Hessel Park.

Contributions to the memorial fund can be sent to:

Curtis William McKinney Memorial Fund

Busey Bank

201 W. Main St.

Urbana, IL 61801

Roof work on Garfield, DHS up for approval from Danville school board

DANVILLE – A much-needed project to replace the roofs at two schools could move forward this week.

Parents state case for new early-childhood building in Urbana school district

URBANA – Brandi Lowe wanted her daughter to have a great start to her education, and she says she got that at Washington Early Childhood school in Urbana.

Her daughter has a genetic seizure disorder and so qualified for services at the early childhood program.

Urbana school board to look at narrowing list of options for early childhood

URBANA – Urbana school board members will look at a narrower list of options for improving the facility for its early childhood program when it meets this week.

The board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Burkholder Administrative Service Center, 205 N. Race St., U.

Cash crunch again threatens Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club

CHAMPAIGN – For the fourth time this decade, the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club is appealing for community help to keep its doors open.

The club won't be able to offer its popular summer program for children and teens unless it raises about $175,000 by June 1, and another $173,000 by July 1, board President Toney Tomaso said Friday.

'Prosperity garden' will be kids' classroom

CHAMPAIGN – Beautification, nutrition, respect for environment, charity, entrepreneurship. Who would have thought so many life lessons could come from a package of seeds?

Children from the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, that's who.

'Bull-headed' DACC graduate 'could have given up'

DANVILLE – Angela Strawser expects to shed joyful tears when her daughter, Danyale Lloyd, walks across the stage to receive her diploma at Danville Area Community College's commencement ceremony today.

That feat, she said, comes thanks to her daughter's hard work and determination and a miracle from God.