Brief talks produce 3-year contract for Georgetown teachers

GEORGETOWN – School officials have approved a three-year contract with the teachers' union after what both sides said was a brief, cordial negotiation.

Jack Morrison, the president of the Georgetown-Ridge Farm School Board, on Monday said the most recent negotiations were the easiest he has experienced in his years on the board.

Coal mines home to large fossilized forest bed

GEORGETOWN – Fifth-grade teacher Leslie Holycross and her students were fascinated by the fossils they saw during their February field trip to the Vermilion Grove coal mine.

At that time, the Judith Giacoma Elementary School class didn't know that scientists had been working since 2004 in that same mine, slowly uncovering one of the largest intact fossil forest beds ever discovered.

A sign of school pride

URBANA – Does a sign really matter?

Educators in two Urbana elementary schools are banking on it.

Jennifer Ivory-Tatum, principal at King Elementary School, has been trying to get a big sign for events – a marquee, like at a movie theater – built outside King since she started working there almost two years ago.

Danville middle school students want graduation ceremony

DANVILLE – A majority of Danville middle-schoolers want to mark the end of eighth grade with a graduation ceremony, but most of their parents and teachers would prefer holding a promotional ceremony instead.

Those are the results of surveys taken by North Ridge and South View students, parents and teachers earlier this year.

Event provides opportunity to think

If you leave the event some University of Illinois researchers and students are putting on Sunday with some new things to think about, it would be appropriate.

Sponsored by the UI Neuroscience Program and School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, the annual "Brain Awareness Day," the local version of a national Society for Neuroscience program, is all about the organ you use for thinking.

New student trustee joins DACC board Tuesday

DANVILLE – Before Dr. Ron Serfoss takes his place on the Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees, another newly elected trustee will be seated.

Jessica Gulley was elected as the DACC board student trustee in late March. She will be sworn into office at Tuesday's board meeting.

'Persons of interest' ID'd in Monticello threat probe

MONTICELLO – Police have identified four "persons of interest" in their criminal investigation to find out who wrote a threat on a bathroom mirror at Monticello High School.

Monticello Police Chief John Miller said professionals always look for copycat crimes after a major national incident, but he called the threat scrawled Thursday in black marker on the girls' bathroom mirror – "This will be Virginia Tech in 5 Days – "absolutely shocking."

Show features year-long efforts of kindergarten artists

DANVILLE – A unique art show next week will feature the work of some fresh local talent.

At this show, the artists won't be offended if you look at their sketches and paintings and think, "This could have been done by a child."

Hoopeston principal named superintendent

HOOPESTON – Hoopeston High School Principal Hank Hornbeck will be the district's new superintendent, effective July 1.

Hornbeck, who is also middle school principal, was hired by school board members Thursday night. He was one of five finalists from a field of 20 candidates.

Monticello HS increases security after threat

Monticello High School is under heightened security after a threat stating "This will be Virginia Tech in 5 days" was found on a mirror in a girls
restroom Thursday afternoon.