Parkland joining other two-year institutions in reassessing success

CHAMPAIGN – A four-year university can be ranked by its graduation rate – the University of Illinois has graduated 82 percent of its starting freshmen after six years.

But how do you measure an institution where students may be getting a two-year degree, heading on to a lifetime of academic work, or simply taking Guitar 1?

Volunteers commemorate King with service day

URBANA – School was out Monday, and Jazzlyn Carter could have been relaxing at home.

Instead, she and other Urbana High School students were volunteering to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"It's MLK Day and I'm not going to be at home sitting on the couch," said Carter, an Urbana High School freshman.

GCMS seeks state funds for help with new roof

GIBSON CITY – The school district is hoping a $175,000 matching grant from the state will pay half the estimated cost of a new roof over most of the elementary school.

At a recent special meeting, board members approved Superintendent Chuck Aubry's application for the matching dollar grant program that is being administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Carrie Busey survey posted on website

CHAMPAIGN – If you live in the Champaign school district, you can help decide what the exterior of the new Carrie Busey Elementary School in Savoy will look like.

The school district has a survey on its website, seeking input on which of two color patterns residents prefer.

Champaign tweaking schools of choice

CHAMPAIGN – Parents of incoming kindergarten students will likely get to list five preferred schools in the Champaign school district's registration process this year, rather than three.

Champaign changes schedule for kindergarten meetings

Meeting moved up

The Champaign school district has made a change in its schedule of community forums to explain its Schools of Choice school assignment system for kindergarten students.

A forum previously scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Savoy Recreation Center has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at Barkstall Elementary School.

Champaign wants to spur interest in magnet programs

CHAMPAIGN – Expect to hear more in the next few weeks from the Champaign school district about the magnet school programs set to begin in the fall.

The district is beginning a publicity campaign about the magnet programs before a special registration period for the programs at Garden Hills and Washington elementary schools begins at the end of the month.

Agencies waiting for state money will have to wait longer

Just what the state's income tax increase will mean for cash-strapped schools, universities and human services agencies may not be clear for a month or more.

Rossville-Alvin reactivation question will be on ballot

ROSSVILLE – The Rossville-Alvin school district decided Thursday night to ask voters in April if they want their high school back.

At a special meeting in Rossville, the school board voted to put a question on the April 5 ballot, asking voters if they want to reactivate their high school that has been closed since May 2006.

All Cherry Orchard tenants closing in on new places to live

All tenants at Cherry Orchard apartments in rural Rantoul appear to be close to finding new homes.

For a while, it didn't look like that would happen.

Julie Pryde, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District administrator spearheading efforts, said it has been more than difficult to find permanent homes. All of the tenants are migrants.