Centrue headquarters set to relocate

OTTAWA – Centrue Bank's parent company, Centrue Financial Corp., plans to move its corporate headquarters from Ottawa to St. Louis, the company announced Monday.

Company President Thomas A. Daiber, who spent much of his banking career in the St. Louis market, called that market Centrue's most promising for growth.

DACC trustees to vote on tuition increase

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College trustees will vote Tuesday on whether to raise in-district tuition by $6 per credit hour.

The increase would boost the combined tuition and fee amount to $84 per credit hour, a 7.7 percent increase over the current $78 per credit hour.

Third-graders learn lessons in all things agriculture

TUSCOLA – A dozen hands in Angie Bergner's third-grade classroom shot up at a time.

Some students squirmed, practically leaving their seats and sometimes letting an "Oooh, I know" slip.

Hoopeston board takes aim at reading, math for special ed

HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston school board is taking steps to improve the reading and math skills for special education students.

The board unanimously approved a plan to address the matter at its Thursday meeting.

Rantoul board votes to oppose TIF district

RANTOUL – Concerned that a new tax increment financing district might cripple the schools for years to come, the Rantoul City Schools Board voted 6-0 Thursday to oppose a proposal by the village to create a new downtown district.

The board also unanimously directed board President Kevin Modglin to vote "no" when a joint review board of affected governments makes a recommendation next week on creating the district.

Heritage board addresses cooperative sports program

HOMER – About 20 people turned out for the Heritage school board meeting, including four district coaches who asked the board to revisit the current cooperative sports program with the Shiloh school district.

According to comments from the coaches, the program has worked well for some sports, such as baseball, and not others, such as track. The concern is that a cooperative program means fewer students from each school are likely to participate.

Pilot program may expand to all Danville students

DANVILLE – This school year, Danville High School officials have noticed a marked improvement in freshman attendance and their interest in school. They attribute that to Freshman Focus, a pilot program started in August to help ease 100 ninth-graders' transition to a larger school, and to motivate them and provide the support they need to stay in school, do well and graduate.

Now officials want to expand on that idea and create "small learning communities" for all high school students.

Westville board solicits bids for work on buildings

WESTVILLE – School officials said Wednesday they are seeking bids for some building renovation projects in the district, and hope to have most of the work completed by mid-August.

Three weeks ago, Westville school board members voted to sell up to $2.8 million in bonds to pay for the projects.

Rossville-Alvin school board unanimously approves layoffs

The Rossville-Alvin school board unanimously approved layoffs at Monday's meeting.

The layoffs, also called "reduction in force," included four support personnel; one three-year probationary teacher, Jane Mehlan; one two-year probationary teacher, Michelle Routien; and three first-year probationary teachers, Michele Payne, Beth DeWitt and Aimee Schlemmer, according to Superintendent Carl Sartwell.

Fisher basketball team honored; state aid discussed

FISHER – The Fisher school board Monday recognized the high school boys' basketball team, which made it to the Elite 8 in the state Illinois High School Association tournament this month.

Coach Deon Mennenga thanked the board, students, teachers and community for their support of the program.