Garden Hills to pilot a modified program for gifted second-graders

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district will offer a different option for gifted education beginning next fall.

Rantoul to discuss search for new superintendent

RANTOUL – The Rantoul Township High School board will start talks to select the district's next superintendent this month.

RTHS Board President Mary Bolser said the board will discuss the issue at its Monday meeting.

Filing deadline approaches for Parkland board seats

CHAMPAIGN – Nominating petitions and supporting documents for three vacancies on the Parkland College Board of Trustees must be filed during business hours Dec. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, or 20.

The documents must be filed in person or by mail with the board secretary, c/o Nancy Willamon, Room A118, Parkland College, 2400 West Bradley Ave., C.

Optimism fades over keeping PTI at UI

Optimism about keeping the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois faded this week when its controlling board expressed interest in moving the facility to Macomb and declined to reimburse the university for $70,000 in PTI housing costs.

Danville school board will consider naming auditorium for Dick Van Dyke

DANVILLE – Two Danville High School officials are asking the school board to name the Danville High School auditorium in honor of one of its most famous graduates – Dick Van Dyke.

The board will consider the request at its 6:30 p.m. Wednesday meeting in the Jackson Building.

Superintendent says legislators move school control away from boards

ST. JOSEPH – Superintendent Jim Acklin is worried about local school districts being overlegislated.

"I think too many legislators think we can legislate problems away," he said. "I see a move away from local control."

UI gets $660,000 to bring Latinos into biological sciences

URBANA – The University of Illinois has received a major grant for research fellowships to encourage Latino students to pursue careers in biological sciences.

The $662,836 award from the National Science Foundation will be used to establish a UI program called New Biology Fellows, providing research opportunities and mentoring for Latino undergraduates.

Campus leaders back most of report on generating revenue

URBANA – Campus leaders say they welcome a report urging more online education, commercialization of intellectual property and heightened financial accountability from campus units.

They dismissed, however, a suggestion that professors be evaluated for promotion and tenure with how much money their research or instruction brings in as a criterion.

Champaign schools will get grant for geothermal systems

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district is getting nearly a half-million dollars to help pay for geothermal systems at three elementary schools.

Heritage plans in place to cut elementary music, P.E. next year

BROADLANDS – Plans are in place to cut programs at Heritage Elementary School in Homer, starting next academic year. Interim Superintendent Allen Hall said the school board supports cutting both the music and physical education programs.