Parkland trustees approve student facility fee

CHAMPAIGN – The Parkland College Board of Trustees has approved the creation of a $5-per-credit-hour student facility fee to take effect in spring 2010. The fee will go toward renovations and new facilities at the college.

Parkland students also pay a $3-per-credit-hour fee that covers student activities and registration costs. This fee has not increased since 1990.

Parkland board approves $5 fee per credit hour

CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland College Board of Trustees has approved the creation of a $5-per-credit-hour student facility fee to take effect in spring 2010.

Urbana school district approves budget

URBANA – The Urbana school board approved its fiscal year 2010 budget Tuesday night.

Trustee: Savoy should take part in Unit 4 meeting

SAVOY – Village trustee Jan Niccum urged that Savoy be represented at Unit 4's first Key Communicator Network meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Bottenfield Elementary School.

"I think having someone from Savoy would be a real benefit for us," he said, noting Savoy is slated to have an elementary school built in town in the next couple of years.

Westville school officials OK budget plan with small deficit

WESTVILLE – School officials approved a $11.23 million spending plan for the 2009-10 fiscal year on Wednesday that includes a $10,000 deficit.

Superintendent Jim Owens said it was a good budget that was much closer to balancing than he initially had thought, thanks to fairly stable health insurance costs and an additional $140,000 expected from the state.

Vermilion County reading program winners named

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Museum Society has announced the winners of a drawing held for the "Celebrating Lincoln Summer Reading Program."

The reading program was held in 10 libraries and involved reading books about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War or Illinois history. Participants who read 12 to 24 books and returned their cards to the museum were placed in a drawing for prizes.

East meets Danville as Taiwanese educators visit schools

DANVILLE – As a senior cultural officer with the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Chicago, John Y. Lin has visited a number of American schools.

Parkland trustees will vote on fee increase

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College's board will vote on a $5 an hour fee increase for students at its Wednesday meeting.

The board meets at 7 p.m. today at the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Center, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Officials assess building needs for Danville schools

DANVILLE – When Edison Elementary School opened in 1930, teachers wrote their lessons on chalkboards, and students did their homework with paper and pencil.

Focus of hearing on Champaign consent decree: Trust

URBANA – Trust was a central theme in a hearing on a consent decree settlement agreement for the Champaign school district.