Catlin finally to receive $140,000 in next 4 months

CATLIN – The school district will receive an additional $140,000 in general state aid over the next four months, Superintendent Guy Banicki said Thursday.

Banicki said the additional money will help the district balance its current $4.6 million budget.

14th annual fundraiser features $5,000 top prize this year

URBANA – What would you do with an extra $5,000? Would it finance a trip to a snowless place? Maybe pay for a chunk of college tuition?

At the Urbana Alumni Association's 14th annual "CA$H BA$H," charity and winning could go hand in hand. A $125 ticket buys entrance to a rib dinner, open bar and the chance to win a slew of prizes – including that $5,000 top prize. Without food, entrance to the contest is $100. A couple may share a ticket for an extra meal cost of $25.

Alternative school making a difference

RANTOUL – Mika Perry was excited to enroll at Rantoul Township High School after graduating from St. Malachy School.

But all that excitement vanished three weeks into her freshman year, when her mother died.

School board hires principal for South Side

CHAMPAIGN – The new principal for South Side Elementary School attended the school himself as a child.

William Taylor was hired by the school board Monday night as South Side principal. He'll replace Rhonda Kruse, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Task force on instruction prepares to share its ideas

DANVILLE – In 2004, the Danville school district launched a mentoring program – not for students, but for new teachers.

Recently retired teachers were paired with first-time teachers who were now working in the retirees' old school building. The veterans were on hand to help the first-timers acclimate to the job and offer advice and encouragement throughout the school year.

Unit 4 vision committee to hold forums

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district's planning committee has tentatively scheduled a series of community forums to discuss the district's future.

The first forum is scheduled for March 12, and it will be an open, brainstorming session, said Elizabeth Perrachione, one of two people moderating the planning discussions.

Teens learn money management skills

CHAMPAIGN – For the moment, Megan Patrick and Drew Rotramel weren't Centennial High School seniors. They were 25 years old, married with children – and with a budget to balance.

And so were just about all of the other teenagers around them.

Next year's funding likely reduced for Mahomet schools

MAHOMET – The bad news: the Mahomet-Seymour school district may see less money in its 2008-09 budget.

That means the district may not be able to make all the curriculum-related advances it wants to, said Superintendent Keith Oates.

13 East Central Illinois teachers up for award

CHAMPAIGN – Thirty central Illinois teachers are in the running to be recognized as some of the best in their profession.

For the first time, central Illinois teachers will receive Golden Apple Awards, which honor outstanding teachers.

Fingerprinting machine on agenda

URBANA – Though it's technically a study session, the Urbana school board plans to make decisions from getting a fingerprinting machine to approving a district improvement plan at its Tuesday meeting.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Burkholder Administrative Services Center, 205 N. Race St., U.