Danville school talks continue before strike deadline

DANVILLE – The two sides of a teachers' contract dispute in Danville are set to meet Sunday in a rare weekend bargaining session in the hopes that they finally can hammer out a tentative deal after five months of negotiations.

Danville board votes to cancel most extracurriculars if teachers strike

DANVILLE – If Danville teachers and support staff go on strike, most extra-curricular activities would be canceled through the duration, district leaders announced Friday.

However at a special meeting that afternoon, the school board approved making a few exceptions.

Parkland's proposed budget 'very positive'

CHAMPAIGN – With economic distress affecting more local taxing districts, Parkland College is looking at a budget with no layoffs planned and its biggest capital project since the school was built.

"The budget outlook is very positive given the general state of the economy," board Chairman James Ayers said Thursday.

Summary of Danville schools' test scores

Danville school district 2010 test scores

Schools that made adequate yearly progress

Edison Elementary

Reading: 72.9 percent

Math: 82.1 percent

Northeast Elementary

Reading: 77.8 percent

Math: 88 percent

2 of 11 Danville schools meet state test standards

DANVILLE – Danville schools' 2010 standardized test scores show an overall 2 percent drop in the percentage of students who met or exceeded Illinois' tougher learning standards in reading and math last year.

Thomasboro school budget approved

THOMASBORO – The Thomasboro Grade School board has passed a tentative 2010-11 budget. And perhaps never before has the term "tentative" been more appropriate.

Like nearly every school district in the state, Thomasboro is unsure how much money it will receive from the state.

Committee will have say on Urbana school boundaries

URBANA – A committee with parent representatives will help decide what criteria the Urbana school district should use when it goes about redistricting the boundaries for its elementary schools.

Prairie, Washington find favor as early-childhood site

URBANA – The Urbana school board has narrowed the options for a site for a new early childhood building.

Board members favor either building a new facility on land the district owns around Prairie Elementary School, 2101 E. Washington St., or on the same site as the current Washington Early Childhood School at 1002 N. Broadway Ave.

Danville teachers back strike if talks fail on Sunday

DANVILLE – Just as they did three weeks ago, Danville teachers and support staff on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to go on strike next week if contract negotiations between its union and the school district aren't successful.

However, Danville Education Association officials said they're cautiously optimisic that won't happen.

Urbana school board narrows options for early childhood building

URBANA — The Urbana school board has narrowed the options for a site for a new early childhood building.