Grant to expand Schlarman science curriculum

DANVILLE – Next school year, some Schlarman students will conduct an experiment to learn how wind energy can turn on a light bulb.

Their teacher hopes the activity and others on alternative energy sources will spark their interest in science and technology.

Teachers return to class in search of new insights

DANVILLE – Teacher Jayme Biava returned to the classroom on Monday afternoon, but not as the teacher.

Biava and about 34 colleagues gathered at the Meade Park Elementary School library to learn about teaching strategies and classroom activities that will engage and motivate students in the Summer Bridges summer school program.

Urbana teachers OK new contract

URBANA – Teachers in Urbana could have a new contract tonight.

On Monday, teachers voted to ratify a new three-year deal, said Tracy Luchik, president of the Urbana Education Association, the union representing the educators.

Summer lessons break boundaries

DANVILLE – On her first day of summer school, Kylie Baxter learned that mangroves are trees that grow in shallow water and provide a habitat for fish.

Classmate Caleb Sago learned that sea turtles swim in the ocean and are different from those on land.

Donation allows for upgrades to 5 DACC computer labs

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College was able to update equipment in five computer labs this year thanks, to a gift from the late Melvin E. "Jim" and Rosemary Cary.

The DACC Foundation received nearly $82,000 from the Cary Trust a few years ago. Foundation board members approved using the endowment, which had grown to about $100,000 because of interest earned, for the technology upgrades earlier this year.

Principal made the best of the situation

CHAMPAIGN – Carol Stack had just finished her first season of coaching softball at Centennial High School, and held her first softball banquet, with a slide show set to music and lots of praise for her players.

Al Davis, then principal of Centennial, walked away from the event thinking to himself, That was one classy program.

Bus driver rolls to stop

URBANA – The wheels on Imre Molnar's bus have stopped going 'round and 'round.

After 18 years in the Urbana school district, the 72-year-old Oakwood man is getting off the short yellow bus he drives early every weekday.

Comets show they care

CHAMPAIGN – Katie Mertens of Champaign has done some volunteering at Garden Hills Elementary School through her youth group at New Horizon United Methodist Church.

She thinks it might be cool to help care for animals this summer at the Champaign County Humane Society, or watch over the children who are at the Center for Women in Transition.

Oakwood school officials working on strategic plan

FITHIAN – The start of June marks a new stage in the creation of Oakwood School District's strategic plan, which will give the district five-year goals in curriculum and instruction, technology, facilities and staffing.

School board President Greg Wolfe said the board formed subcommittees of administrators and community, staff and school board members for each of the categories. They've all created reports full of goals, which were due at the end of May.

Urbana teachers union, district optimistic about contract

URBANA – Urbana teachers union negotiations may be settled as early as Tuesday.

Urbana Education Association President Tracy Luchik, an Urbana Middle School teacher, said she hopes the union and the district could come to an agreement as soon as early next week.