DACC, EIU reach dual admission deal

DANVILLE – Students who plan to get an associate degree from Danville Area Community College and a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University can enroll at both schools at the same time.

Danville Area Community College trustees made that possible on Tuesday when they approved a dual admission agreement with EIU. The agreement guarantees that students in the program can transfer to the Charleston-based university after they graduate from DACC.

Urbana board president won't seek re-election

URBANA – As of Monday, the Urbana school district was still waiting for a candidate to pick up a petition to run in the April 17 election for the school board's seat in subdistrict one, which includes the rural areas in the north and east of the district.

The name of that candidate, however, is still a question mark.

Mahomet expands class offerings

MAHOMET – Juniors and seniors at Mahomet-Seymour High School next year can learn more about designing Web pages.

And students in grades 10 through 12 can sign up for an elective that will teach them 3-D animation, a class that can lead to jobs in a variety of fields, said teacher Eric Andracke.

Champaign school board reviews police numbers

CHAMPAIGN – Police officers have been in Champaign's middle and high schools since the beginning of the year, but have they helped reduce discipline problems in the schools? The Champaign school board reviewed some data on the officers' activities at its Monday night meeting and talked about how it might evaluate whether the program is working.

Patricia Lewis, who is overseeing discipline for the district on an interim basis, said a report of the officers' activities in the first few months of the school year shows 245 incidents in the middle and high schools in which officers were involved with students. They resulted in 30 arrests. The most common types of incidents the officers dealt with were batteries and theft.

G-RF's open-campus lunch policy under review

GEORGETOWN – School officials are reviewing the open-campus policy at Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School, and may vote next month to keep students on campus during lunchtime.

On Monday, Georgetown-Ridge Farm school board members heard a report from Terri Tate, the assistant principal at the high school, about the campus policies at nearby schools.

Admissions pact between DACC and EIU up for approval

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College students soon could have an easier time transferring to Eastern Illinois University.

That would occur under a dual admission transfer agreement between DACC and EIU, which DACC trustees will consider approving on Tuesday.

UI study finds two vegetables team up on cancer

Broccoli and tomatoes have shown cancer-fighting qualities in a number of studies, but a new University of Illinois study indicates that they work even better together in curtailing the growth of prostate cancer.

UI doctoral candidate Kirstie Canene-Adams, the lead author of the study, and food science and human nutrition professors John Erdman and Elizabeth Jeffery fed a mix of powder made from whole broccoli and tomatoes to rats given prostate cancer.

Champaign wants another school resource officer

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district wants to hire another school resource officer.

The district currently has police officers at each of its middle schools and high schools, but Columbia Center does not have a full-time officer. The officer at Edison Middle School spends part of his time at Columbia.

Parkland trustees looking at naming policies

CHAMPAIGN – When Parkland College built a new planetarium in the 1980s, officials had little problem deciding what to name the building.

They named it Staerkel Planetarium in September 1987, to honor Parkland's first president, William Staerkel, who oversaw construction of the $4 million project. Staerkel, who attended the dedication, died just weeks later.

Oakwood school board wants more input from the public

OAKWOOD – Public comments are welcome by the Oakwood School Board, but few people seem to know that.

Board President Greg Wolfe said he would like to increase public comments at the board meetings on any topic that residents want to discuss, including policy matters.