SAVOY – If the Champaign school district builds a new school in Savoy, it could be at a different location than the one proposed last year as part of its building plans.
Developer Randy Peifer is considering offering 15 acres along First Street, south of Church Street, for a school.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district outlined successes in meeting the goals of its federal consent decree in a report filed Friday with the U.S. District Court.
And it pointed to existing plans that will help it fulfill its obligations, and new steps to speed up its progress.
CHAMPAIGN – Since last spring, the Champaign school board has been asking parents and teachers to talk about their concerns for their buildings.
They're sure to get plenty of comments, and questions, from the parents at South Side Elementary School. The board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the school, at 712 S. Pine St., C. There will be a tour of the building at 6:30 p.m. The PTA is providing child care.
RANTOUL – After a second mediation session that lasted almost five hours, Rantoul Township High School teachers and board members reached a tentative contract agreement Monday.
"I'm glad we're focusing back on education and keeping the kids in school," said Superintendent David Requa of the agreement on a two-year contract.
CHAMPAIGN – Teachers know the telltale signs of hunger – children who ask for snacks before 10 a.m., wolf down two bowls of cereal at breakfast or seem tired and inattentive in class.
Studies have shown nutrition directly affects school performance, and across the country educators can see a difference in kids who don't get enough to eat at home.
URBANA – For people who work in the Urbana school district, a book about the effects of poverty on children may be more popular than even "The Da Vinci Code."
The book, called "A Framework for Understanding Poverty," was written a decade ago by Ruby Payne, a former teacher and principal and now a worldwide speaker on child education. Her book, which defines class differences and gives methods for teaching impoverished children, has sold about a million copies.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district has received a one-week extension to file a report with the U.S. District Court outlining its plan to meet the objectives of its federal consent decree in the next three years.
The report, which was to be submitted by Friday, is now due next Friday – Sept. 22.
CHAMPAIGN – As an elementary school art teacher, Shauna Carey doesn't just teach children to draw. Her students have made their own paper and clay pottery. They've learned about architecture and the art of other cultures. She's incorporated photography and storytelling into her classes, and taught knitting.
But Carey also doesn't just teach children how to do art. She gives them "an understanding that art is an expression of people's lives, not just being good at drawing. Shauna brings a depth that is far beyond what people think of as elementary artwork," said Cyndy Lammert, whose children attended Washington Elementary School, where Carey teaches.
BISMARCK – Atlantis astronaut Joe Tanner took a walk in space on Tuesday morning.
More than 220 miles below, 21 first-graders at Bismarck-Henning Elementary School – Tanner's alma mater – undertook their own space shuttle mission.
DANVILLE – Lakeview College of Nursing officials soon will launch a $450,000 building expansion, adding much-needed classroom space at the Danville campus.
Chief Executive Officer Dick Shockey said the project was prompted by the college's growing enrollment, which stands at 255 this fall.