Champaign school report cards get upgrade in some classes

CHAMPAIGN – When parents of children at Barkstall and Kenwood elementary schools see the first report cards of the school year this week, they'll get more specifics about their children's progress than in the past.

Children from kindergarten to third grade will get a new report card, being used in the Champaign school district for the first time this year for the lower elementary grades. The district is still working on a new report card for grades four and five, which will be piloted this year in some classrooms.

Urbana finds vroom to improve

URBANA – The premise sounds a little "Price is Right."

Ten Urbana High School students are picked at random to receive car keys. Each will try to fit the key into a tricked-out, jazzed-up car. If the key fits – and one key will – that student wins a car.

Conservative fund's causing a stir on campus

A new donor-driven initiative at the University of Illinois, set to launch publicly later this month, has the potential to shake things up in academia.

If it hasn't already.

Police identify house from which threatening calls were made

Police have identified the residence in Urbana from which telephone calls were made to local schools that resulted in heightened security measures.

Champaign police said they have identified the residence and have spoken with the residents at that location, but "have not yet determined who made the call."

Catlin adopts $4.6 million spending plan

CATLIN – School officials on Thursday adopted a $4.6 million budget –including $139,000 in deficit spending – for the 2007-08 fiscal year .

Superintendent Guy Banicki said the new budget is very similar to the district's previous, $4.3 million budget. The main differences are higher salaries and benefits for employees, and the addition of a full-time art teacher for the district.

Police investigating C-U school shooting threats

Champaign and Urbana police are investigating a threat of a shooting received at a Champaign elementary school and Urbana High School.

A telephone call made to Carrie Busey Elementary School threatened a shooting at "all schools," said Champaign Assistant Superintendent Beth Shepperd.

Pastor proposes red T-shirt day once a month

DANVILLE – In August, Danville school district officials joined other community leaders and residents to march through town and rally against illegal drugs and violence.

On Wednesday, the organizer of that event asked school officials to help keep that message in the forefront through activities in the schools.

Family literacy program in jeopardy

URBANA – When Debbie McDermott looks toward the end of this year, she's not only looking toward the possible end of her job.

She is looking toward the end of a program that has run for 15 years, one where parents and children work together to learn fundamental skills.

Judah Christian to launch capital campaign

CHAMPAIGN – Judah Christian School will kick off a capital campaign in mid-October, with the goal of raising money to build a new high school.

The school, at 908 N. Prospect Ave., C, houses preschool through high school students. With a growing enrollment, space is getting tight.

Couple give $100,000 for DACC scholarships

DANVILLE – Years ago, Dr. Angelo Anaclerio worked at his university's library to help put himself through college and medical school.

Now the retired Danville ophthalmologist and his wife, Alberta, want to help out local students like him. The couple recently donated $100,000 to the Danville Area Community College Foundation to establish a scholarship fund for working students.