Champaign postpones meeting; Culver ready to leave

UPDATED 8:50 a.m.

CHAMPAIGN -- With no word from a Georgia school system that is considering Champaign Superintendent Arthur Culver as a finalist for its top job, the Champaign school board has postponed a special meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday evening.

Energy grants will help Rantoul schools replace doors

RANTOUL -- The community's grade school district will use $250,000 in federal energy efficiency grant money to add new entrance doors on four of the district's five school buildings.

The Rantoul City Schools board was informed last week that the district received the funds April 8.

Earth Day program at Anita Purves Nature Center 2011

 At the Anita Purves Nature Center  in Urbana, IL. Monday, April 18, 2011 students took part in five E.A.R.T.H. Day stations and learned about local foods, recycling, MTD hybrid bus; added to an eco-art project and took a guided hike in Busey Woods. 

Blue Ridge schools will have police presence after bomb threat

FARMER CITY – Entrances to Blue Ridge schools will be secured starting Tuesday morning after the school district received a bomb threat Monday afternoon.

The district said Monday afternoon that it had "received a bomb threat for a future date" at Blue Ridge High School and was putting its crisis management plan into effect.

Catlin school board approves social studies course

CATLIN -- School officials on Thursday approved adding a new social studies course for Catlin High School upperclassmen, and plan to discuss adding a weighted-grading system for advanced courses at Catlin High School next month.

Fourth-graders go digital in Danville

DANVILLE -- At a school where cellphones, iPods and hand-held video games are banned, one teacher actually is encouraging her students to power on one of the hottest new electronic gadgets during class.

Southwest Elementary School teacher Wendy Heeren recently introduced Kobo wireless e-readers in her classroom to boost literacy among her 19 fourth-graders.

Champaign school board sets special meeting

CHAMPAIGN -- The Champaign school board has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The board is scheduled to meet in executive session to discuss an unspecified personnel matter, according to the agenda.

After the closed session, the board is to take action.

Routine recount doesn't change Urbana schools race

URBANA -- Some of the ballots from an Urbana school board race that came down to four votes were recounted Thursday, but it didn't change the results of the election.

Ballots from the Cunningham 23 precinct, which includes voters in the Urbana school board sub-district 6 race, were part of a retabulation of votes from several precincts.

Danville schools working on anti-bullying program

DANVILLE -- For the last few months, some parents have been lobbying the Danville school district to put an anti-bullying program in place at North Ridge Middle School.