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.

Investors in China's market did very well in '07

China's stock market was the place to be for investors during 2007, posting the highest rate of return in the world.

While investors in the U.S. stock market saw a modest 6 percent return from the Dow Jones industrial average during 2007, China's stock market, the Shanghai composite index, rose a stunning 96.6 percent. That was more than double the rate of return of India's stock market, which had a 47 percent return for second best.

Classroom technology helps kids find new world of learning

A small, plush teddy bear's arrival by mail provided Tuscola fourth-graders an opportunity for a highly international, high-tech learning experience.

After Christmas break, students in Shannon Smith's fourth-grade class welcomed Nounour, a stuffed bear with a blue plaid ribbon tied jauntily around his neck. The bear came with a video from his home, a classroom in Aberdeen, Scotland.

UI police officer accused of domestic violence

ST. JOSEPH – A University of Illinois police officer accused of battering his wife Thursday has been placed on leave following his arrest.

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said Curtis Bolding, 49, of the 1400 block of East Grand, St. Joseph, was arrested by deputies Thursday night. Walsh refused to release any details of the incident but in bond court Friday, Assistant State's Attorney Chris Kanis said police were called to the home after 5 p.m.