Tuscola school board to vote on full-day kindergarten

TUSCOLA – Tuscola school board members will vote next month on whether to extend kindergarten hours to a full-day program.

Second-grade teacher Sharon Stahler and seventh-grade teacher Tina Hausmann told the board Monday that the time teachers have with their students currently isn't enough to deal with the requirements being set by the state for early childhood development.

Increase in Westville school tax levy approved

WESTVILLE – School officials approved a $2.28 million tax levy for the upcoming year on Wednesday that includes some additional money for renovation projects and salary increases.

The new levy is a little more than 5 percent higher than the current $2.03 million levy. Superintendent Jim Owen said he expected the value of property within the district to increase by about $6 million to about $51 million, allowing the schools to collect more money even with a slight decrease to the tax rate.

Rossville board: Drivers endangering kids safety

ROSSVILLE – The Rossville-Alvin School Board is asking the village board and police department for help with traffic problems at the elementary school and high school buildings.

Drivers are ignoring the warning stop-arm sign on shuttle school buses at the high school as Hoopeston and Bismarck-Henning students are being loaded, Rossville superintendent Carl Sartwell said.

Plan for middle school tops agenda

URBANA – When Urbana Middle School staff received students' 2007 Illinois Standards Achievement Test scores last summer, there was some joy, some sadness – and a lot of work to do.

Though the school made adequate yearly progress in nearly all areas, that "nearly" meant the school as a whole failed.

Safety plan on agenda for DACC trustees

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College on Tuesday could move forward with a plan to boost safety on campus.

Board trustees will vote on whether to award a $28,291 bid to Digital Communications of Danville to install emergency notification speakers in various locations.

Catlin board approves tax levy

CATLIN – School officials voted Thursday to approve a $1.98 million tax levy for the upcoming year – an increase of about $212,000 from the current levy.

Superintendent Guy Banicki said the additional funds would be used to help cover salary and benefit costs and to help with some minor building maintenance projects. He said no major building renovation or repair projects are expected for the upcoming year.

Schlarman to celebrate man's 100th

DANVILLE – Holding an event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of a person's birth after that person has died doesn't happen often.

But the Schlarman High School community is an exception, as it will host a "100th Birthday Celebration" to honor Msgr. Charles Bourk Motsett on Jan 12.

Champaign schools panel addresses negative perceptions

CHAMPAIGN – Those planning for the future of the Champaign school district face some challenges.

Updating aging buildings. Ensuring students are adequately prepared for college or the work force. Increasing parental participation in the schools. Providing more professional development for teachers. Paying for everything.

Committee to oversee hiring PBL football coach

PAXTON – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will create a committee to handle the interview process for the hiring of a new football coach.

Jim Zenner resigned as football coach last month after a disappointing second season.

Parkland dental students to help Ninth Ward kids

CHAMPAIGN – Many children in New Orleans' St. Bernard Parish haven't seen a dentist since Hurricane Katrina leveled their neighborhood, and that worries Parkland College dental students.

"Our understanding is, there are no dentists in the parish because they haven't come back after Katrina," said Peg Boyce, who will take 20 of her dental hygiene students to New Orleans after Christmas to set up clinics at two schools in the parish to take care of students' dental needs.