Homer school board reviews plans for two gyms

HOMER – Two future gyms moved a step closer to reality in the Heritage school district.

On Wednesday, the school board reviewed architectural drawings of the two future gymnasiums, one to be built at each of the district's two schools. The projected $3 million improvements were funded by bonds issued in March.

Amended Shiloh budget to be 'close' to balanced

HUME – Shiloh school district will amend this year's budget about a week before the fiscal year ends.

The school board approved a tentative amended budget earlier this week, but the amendment can't be finalized until after a budget hearing scheduled for June 23.

Program helps some students catch up with their classmates

DANVILLE – Last December, Dakota Allen was failing some of his fifth-grade classes and in danger of being held back from sixth grade – a second time.

"I didn't like school," said Dakota, who admitted he had a bad attitude.

Dr. Howard principal hopefuls address meeting

CHAMPAIGN – The three candidates for principal of Dr. Howard Elementary School are a literacy specialist, a coordinator of an English as a Second Language program and the current interim principal at the school.

They spoke and answered questions from parents and teachers Wednesday night.

Trips to Krannert museum deepen students' art appreciation

CHAMPAIGN – Rantoul Township High School student Detrion Diaz had thought Krannert Art Museum was just a place full of portraits.

Along with 11 other Rantoul students, he discovered the University of Illinois museum offers much more.

It's hip to browse Indy's scenic, eclectic Broad Ripple section

Chris Moyer is a Riptilian – a Broad Riptilian.

That's a self-reference to his status as a resident and business owner in the artsy, hip section of Indianapolis known as Broad Ripple. This midtown part of the Indiana capital is where to head for tons of funky and fabulous restaurants, art galleries, nightclubs, clothing stores and more.

Urbana school district's food service costs to increase

URBANA – Add a little extra to the Urbana school district's milk money next year, because on Tuesday night the board approved a 4 percent increase in rates for its food service contract with Aramark.

The increase – which comes in slightly below a consumer price index of 4.1 percent – is due to "skyrocketing" food costs, said Carol Baker, the district's business manager, who said the contract with Aramark stipulates that its rates cannot increase above the consumer price index.

Centennial principal announces resignation

CHAMPAIGN – Centennial High School Principal Ron Bode has resigned from the district, as of the end of June.

Bode sent an e-mail to the Centennial staff Tuesday announcing his resignation.

GCMS board considering its bond options

GIBSON CITY – Halfway through paying off 20-year bonds, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board is considering its options and timelines for bond repayment or restructuring.

As the 10th year in the 20-year bond cycle, 2008 is the first possible year to consider a change. Board members heard about various scenarios Monday night from Kevin Hyde of First Midstate Corp. of Bloomington, which in 1998 issued $5.6 million in bonds to finance the GCMS Middle School.

College Express class project will be rolling ad for DACC

DANVILLE – There's a special reason the technology division of Danville Area Community College is excited about this weekend's car show.

The students and staff will roll out their own major project for display before it hits the streets of the college district, in parades and at other events. It is a rolling billboard for the college and for the work of the students in the College Express classes.