Four at high school to take on new roles

DANVILLE – Four Danville High School leaders will take on new roles soon.

Danville school board members on Wednesday tapped Assistant Principal Mark Lindvahl as Edison Elementary School's principal.

Search for East Prairie principal begins

TUSCOLA – The Tuscola school board is searching for a new principal at East Prairie following Joe Yurko's resignation last week.

"It's nothing bad," said Yurko, who has been with the district since 2005. "I just had some opportunities that I had to follow."

Reading program makes sure kids stay sharp in summer

CHAMPAIGN – It happened every summer. Teachers at Washington Elementary School would work with their students all year to build their reading skills. Many of them started out reading below grade level, and they would get caught up during the school year.

But during their summer break, their reading would take a backward slide, and teachers would have to start again, working to bring the reading levels back up.

Danville school board to vote on acquiring building

DANVILLE – Several years ago, Danville schools officials looked into buying the old Walgreens Accounting building to have on hand for a school, but they shelved the idea because the price was too high.

Now they have a chance to get the building for free.

G-RF votes to keep Veterans Day holiday

GEORGETOWN – School officials voted Tuesday on a calendar that will keep the Veterans Day holiday in the 2008-09 school year, at least.

The proposed 2008-09 common calendar for Vermilion County schools includes school attendance on Nov. 11, 2008, the day when Veterans Day is normally observed.

Principal finalist to speak at Edison forum

CHAMPAIGN – The finalist for the Edison Middle School principal job will meet teachers, parents and community members at a forum Wednesday evening. The sole finalist will speak and answer questions at the school at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The name of the finalist has not yet been released.

The Champaign school district is seeking a successor to Joe Williams, who is leaving Edison to be principal of Central High School.

Tuscola church plans to start after-school latchkey program

TUSCOLA – On any given afternoon, classrooms at the Tuscola United Methodist Church are quiet and dark.

But if all goes according to plan, next year they'll be lit up and bustling with activity, as the church embarks on its new after-school latchkey program.

Band, color guard revved up for Indy 500

HOOPESTON – Before the introduction of drivers, the command to start the engines and the waving of the green start flag, 69 Hoopeston Area High School students will take a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the 92nd Indy 500 on Monday.

So what if it's not in a race car.

School reaches new heights in reading

CHAMPAIGN – A middle school principal challenges his students to read for 1 million minutes.

They come through with 1,020,121 minutes.

Eighth-graders create Holocaust museum

CHAMPAIGN – The hallway and classrooms at Franklin Middle School were draped with black paper chains and lined with displays.

The students standing in front of them rattled off the facts to visitors – 83,000 Jews dead from starvation or disease in the Warsaw Ghetto. Families sending children into hiding. People waiting for days at a switching yard, without food or water, to board a train to a concentration camp. The indoctrination of young people in the Hitler's Youth program. The Allied and Axis powers. Six million Jews killed.