Change in Unit 4 assignment system explained

CHAMPAIGN – Gwen Jacobsohn has a child who will be entering kindergarten in the fall, and she wanted more information about how students are assigned to schools.

Cancer group promotes online health assessment

CHAMPAIGN – Weight: In the healthy range.

Diet: Good job for choosing whole grains and fat-free dairy, and eating more fruits and veggies than cheeseburgers.

Teens accused of fighting detained

URBANA – A judge ordered Monday that six teenage males accused of being in fights Friday be detained pending further juvenile criminal hearings.

Judge Harry Clem ruled there was probable cause for charges of aggravated battery and mob action for three of the youths; there was probable cause for aggravated battery for two others; and there was probable cause for a charge of mob action for another.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm OKs softball co-op with Chrisman

GEORGETOWN – The Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School girls' softball team may have up to a half-dozen new members this spring.

The Georgetown-Ridge Farm School Board voted Monday to enter into a two-year softball cooperative with nearby Chrisman High School.

School superintendent choice up for vote in Danville

DANVILLE – Associate Superintendent Mark Denman was named Danville schools' next superintendent in late December, but school board members are expected to make it official on Wednesday.

At their meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St., board members will vote on approving Denman's appointment and contract. He is set to start his new job July 1.

Monticello's Washington Elementary hires interim principal

MONTICELLO – Washington Elementary School is under new leadership for the second semester now that former Mahomet-Seymour High School Principal Del Ryan has been hired as interim principal.

The position became open when former Principal Brad Auten resigned for personal reasons, effective Dec. 19. The board accepted his resignation at a special meeting Dec. 22.

Only 1 candidate in race for 3 Champaign school board seats

CHAMPAIGN – Any Champaign resident who might be interested in running for the Champaign school board stands an excellent chance of being elected.

There are three board seats up for election this spring, and so far only one candidate.

10 area educators become nationally board certified

While Champaign and Urbana students were doing homework this year, odds are good several of their teachers were doing homework of their own.

In the twin cities, eight teachers recently became Nationally Board Certified Teachers, putting them with an exclusive group that only 2 percent of U.S. teachers achieve.

Urbana High School Class of 1979 reunion to start July 31

The Urbana High School Class of 1979 is planning its 30th reunion.

The reunion will begin with an informal party on July 31, in a downtown Urbana venue to be announced later.

Champaign schools to focus on steps to save energy

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign school board member wants to challenge each school building in the district to reduce its energy use intensity – how much energy is used based on its square footage – by 10 percent over the next year.