Urbana school board plans 'retreat' to talk about priorities

URBANA – The Urbana school board is planning some bonding time Tuesday night, with a scheduled "retreat" instead of a regular study session.

"It's a retreat for the board, and we're going to be looking at board priorities and some of the major issues facing us," said school board member Cope Cumpston. "It's a chance for us to sit down and talk together."

M-S greenhouse ready for use

MAHOMET – Mahomet-Seymour's long-awaited greenhouse is now up and ready for spring.

"Many people have been both a catalyst and a source of energy for this dream of a greenhouse that will conjoin agriculture, business and most importantly, cooperation," said Trish Hahn, co-president of the Mahomet-Seymour Schools Foundation.

USC proves to be a thorn in their sighs

Hope, contrary to what you have been told, does not spring eternal.

But it does spring in the first quarter of a Rose Bowl where your team is already down 14-0 with 4:59 to go.

Illini bowled over by USC

PASADENA, Calif. – Lesson learned. Courtesy of the Southern Cal Trojans.

Sometime today, maybe on the long flight home to Willard Airport, Juice Williams will start to cheer up. He'll start to think, "Next time, we'll be on the right end of a lopsided bowl score."

"I'll probably smile in a couple of minutes," the sophomore quarterback said. "I

Rantoul High School library going graphic

RANTOUL – Anne Rosean aims to make Rantoul Township High School's library a go-to destination for readers at all levels.

She's ordering graphic novels popular with today's teens for her collection. The term initially alarmed school board members reviewing Rosean's program, and President Marla Deem asked for a definition.

Danville facility prepared to help kids with dyslexia

DANVILLE – Allison Enslein seems right at home at the Valley of Danville Masonic Center, but lonely – for now.

Enslein, of Terre Haute, Ind., is the new director of the 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Center for Children in the Masonic Temple, 109 W. North St. Enslein has a master's degree in special education with a focus on learning disabilities and spent seven years in Vigo County, Ind., schools as a reading teacher.

Danville schools webmaster brings youthful, bold approach

DANVILLE – If you've noticed something different about the Danville School District's Web site, you're not alone.

More teachers, parents and students say they have discovered new, eye-catching features, including colorful banners, bold colors and fonts and updated photos and interactive slideshows, and they can't wait to see what's going to pop up next.

Gusting winds snap poles; power restored

Wind gusts up to 50 mph were blamed for scattered power outages in East Central Illinois on Sunday.

According to information on AmerenIP's Web site – this morning, virtually no customers in the Champaign-Urbana area were without power. But on Sunday afternoon, more than 800 customers in the Champaign-Urbana-Danville area had no power.

Student team revved over their invention

CHAMPAIGN – Team One named its new snack bar Rev, to connect the treat to the team's target audience.

It's a name that works on different levels, said the Parkland College students, who designed and made the snack bar for exercising men and women who need to load carbs for energy. They made the bar, and with graphic design students, helped develop an advertising campaign to promote it to complete Toni Burkhalter's honors nutrition class.

Title I compliance on board agenda

HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston school board will begin next year considering policies to allow military recruiters full access to student information, and to require expulsion for at least a year of students who take guns to school.

There may not be much actual consideration, though: The law requires districts to adopt both policies.