Washington students get first look at temporary home

CHAMPAIGN – The children, bundled in winter coats and hats, got off the bus and walked into the door of their new school Tuesday morning.

A few looked a little unsure, and one girl asked, "Where do we go?"

Teachers and staff ushered them into the cafeteria. "Good morning! Welcome to our new school!"

Tuesday was the first day for Washington Elementary School students to attend school at the Columbia building, their temporary home while Washington is torn down and rebuilt.

Cuts likely for UI's union, civil service employees

URBANA – Union employees and civil service workers at the University of Illinois may not have been part of the initial round of furloughs announced Tuesday, but they should expect cuts as well, officials said.

The UI's contracts with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees – which represents almost 2,000 workers at the Urbana-Champaign campus – don't currently have language covering furloughs, but they do provide for layoffs under certain circumstances, union officials said.

Depression was worse situation for UI campus

URBANA – Although University of Illinois interim President Stanley Ikenberry called Tuesday's announced furloughs and budget cuts "unprecedented," there have been more severe midyear salary reductions at the UI.

On March 1, 1933 – during the depths of the Great Depression – the university instituted a 10 percent salary reduction for all staff and employees making more than $1,000 a year. The measure saved the UI about $500,000 a year.

Magazine's best-value list for colleges includes UI, ISU

URBANA – There are two familiar faces in the newest Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges.

The 2010 rankings put the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at No. 45 and Illinois State University at 89.

Move keeps Washington teachers busy over break

CHAMPAIGN – The mission: Assemble a classroom out of the boxes of books and papers and the desks moved from Washington Elementary School in late December. Be ready to teach when students arrive today for their first day at the (temporary) Washington school at the Columbia building on Neil Street at Bradley Avenue.

For Washington teachers and staff, that has meant a lot of extra hours at school during what was supposed to be their winter break.

DACC Ag Club's 22nd Farm Toy Show set Jan. 31

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Ag Club will hold the 22nd annual Farm Toy Show on Jan. 31.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mary Miller Gymnasium, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.

Admission is $2 for adults and free to children 11 and under.

Proceeds will go to the club's activity fund and Ag Day fund.

Presentations set for Danville schools' long-term plan

DANVILLE – Danville school board members on Wednesday will hear presentations from five architectural firms still in the running to help develop a long-term facilities plan for the Danville school district.

"It's my hope that we can narrow it down to the top three," Superintendent Mark Denman said, "but we will have to wait and see what happens."

Krannert going ahead with change to lobby lighting

URBANA – You think you've got high power bills.

The annual cost just to light the lobby at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is $59,000, or almost $5,000 a month.

DACC offering ballroom, country-line dance classes

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Community Education Department will offer two dance classes featuring different styles.

Classes are held in the Mary Miller Center dance studio, on campus, 2000 E. Main St. Styles, times, dates and costs include:

Urbana school board to discuss calendar change

URBANA – The Urbana school district is looking at changing its school calendar to put the end of the fall semester before winter break.

It's a change the Champaign school district made last year, and a schedule that several other school districts, including Mahomet-Seymour and St. Joseph-Ogden High School, already follow.