Danville schools bring back 'RIF'd' teachers

DANVILLE – Three Danville elementary school teachers who were given reduction-in-force notices last spring were back in the classroom Thursday.

Emeritus status for Ayers denied

URBANA — In a move that hasn’t happened for years, University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted to deny a professor emeritus status Thursday.

Chairman Chris Kennedy of Chicago, son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, said he would not vote for emeritus status for University of Illinois at Chicago Professor William Ayers.

Schools working exercise into routines

The first-grade students at Carrie Busey Elementary School took a break from their reading Wednesday morning to get up and dance.

Their teacher, Noelle Stinson, put on an alphabet aerobics song, with an accompanying action for each letter (arms in the air circling around for A, bounce for B, etc.), and got her students moving.

Danville school board approves contract with union

DANVILLE — While Danville Education Association members won’t receive a step in the first year of their new two-year contract, certified staff will receive a one-time, lump sum $750 bonus, and noncertified staff will receive a one-time, lump sum $900 bonus.

Montessori school in Champaign takes part in global plea for peace

CHAMPAIGN – The first notes rang out at 6 p.m. Monday Central time at Montessori schools in New Zealand.

By 11 a.m. Tuesday, "Light a Candle for Peace" was being sung by children at the Montessori Habitat School in Champaign, more than halfway around the globe.

Enrollment dips in Blue Ridge

Villa Grove school budget has deficit

VILLA GROVE – The Villa Grove school board approved a deficit budget for the 2010-2011 school year Monday night.

"This is the most difficult budget I've ever personally put together," Superintendent Steve Poznic told the board. "The big unknown is if the state will continue to flow all the money we are expecting for the year."

School board candidates can circulate petitions for April election

Tuesday was the first day for school board candidates to begin circulating nominating petitions.

Both the Champaign and the Urbana school districts have four board members whose seats are up for election on April 5, 2011.

In Champaign, they are Kristine Chalifoux, Sue Grey, Scott MacAdam and Greg Novak.

Bids lower than expected for renovation at Urbana school

URBANA  -- A renovation and expansion at King Elementary School will cost less than expected.

The Urbana school board approved a bid Tuesday evening for phase two of the project, which includes all the work other than the foundation, steel and shell of the building, for which bids have already been approved.