Champaign council backs increased funds for Garden Hills programs

CHAMPAIGN – A Garden Hills after-school program likely will be expanding, and city officials say other neighborhoods could expect to see similar programs in the future.

UI students fret over finances

CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois student Kaela Talley said she is worried about how the university's financial crunch may be affecting the quality of education provided.

Talley, a choral music education student, said the music program recently lost three teaching assistants.

Most Champaign schools will receive more money for building budgets

CHAMPAIGN – Most schools in Champaign will get a little more money next year in their building budgets.

Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas talked about preliminary building budgets for next year at Monday's school board meeting.

Danville school board may vote on contract for electrical work

DANVILLE – A project to replace the outdated electrical systems at two elementary schools this summer could take another step forward this week.

Danville school board members could vote at their meeting Wednesday on whether to award a contract for the work.

Schools making plans for sales tax money that will arrive starting in May

Sales tax money for school facilities has started flowing into the county, and plans for spending it are under way in area school districts.

The 1-cent countywide school facilities sales tax went into effect in January. It is expected to generate about $16 million to be divided among Champaign County's school districts, proportional to enrollment.

Schools foundation to honor '77 Central grad, '68 Urbana grad

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation will recognize two graduates of the Champaign and Urbana school districts next week.

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Putting down letters for literacy

DANVILLE – What started out as just for fun now has a more professional element for serious board game players.

The fifth annual War of the Words Scrabble For Literacy Tournament will host three levels of competition on Saturday in Lincoln Hall at Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St.

Urbana schools seeking help from parents, taxpayers on strategic plan

URBANA – A draft strategic plan for the Urbana school district spells out the beliefs, mission and objectives of the district.

Now, administrators are looking for community members who want to be on "action teams" that will decide how to put the plan into place.

UI scholar, activist re-elected president of national organization

URBANA – Scholar and academic freedom activist Cary Nelson has been re-elected president of the American Association of University Professors, his third two-year term.

"It will be my last, unless they change the bylaws," Nelson joked Tuesday.