Ludlow kitchen renovation 'a huge thing for a small school'

LUDLOW – Ludlow Grade School's superintendent "learned a lot this summer in kitchen (remodeling)."

St. Joe-Ogden to get new sound system for gym

ST. JOSEPH – St. Joseph-Ogden High School will be getting a new sound system for the gymnasium.

The school board voted at its August meeting to award a $24,181 contract to C.V. Lloyde of Champaign for the sound system.

Stephen Morris of C.V. Lloyde said the current sound system is 20 years old.

Budget outlook grim for PBL

PAXTON – A fiscally conservative budget may not be enough for the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district to avoid further cuts to staff, supplies, transportation – and potentially programs and activities.

Dozens of students sent home sick from Tuscola school

TUSCOLA – The Tuscola school district and the Douglas County Health Department are investigating after about 70 students at North Ward Elementary School in Tuscola were sent home from school sick on Wednesday.

The school has an enrollment of just over 400 students.

Monticello schools meet requirements in 17 of 18 areas in state tests

MONTICELLO – Monticello schools are making Adequate Yearly Progress in 17 of 18 areas under the No Child Left Behind law, Superintendent Vic Zimmerman said last week. In 2009, the district met the standards in 16 out of 18 areas.

State funding blamed for Georgetown-Ridge Farm deficit projection

GEORGETOWN – School officials unveiled a tentative $11.3 million spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year on Monday which includes a $516,000 deficit and which could leave the district with just $718,462 in the bank by June 30, 2011.

Library in Ridge Farm celebrates a century

DANVILLE – The Elwood Township Carnegie Library will celebrate 100 years on Saturday, but the importance of access to reading material began a long time before that construction.

An open house from 1 to 4 p.m. will recognize not only the existence of the 100-year-old building, but the persistence of its organizers and those who have followed in their footsteps.

Carnegie Libraries in East Central Illinois

Here is a list of Carnegie Libraries, and the date of their original grant, in East Central Illinois:

Danville school board to hear about foundation's efforts

DANVILLE – Last year, the Danville Public School Foundation was able to provide more than $30,000 in programs and grants to enhance students' educational experiences.

Sleep technologist program to begin

CHAMPAIGN – Are you a night owl with an interest in health care?

If so, you might be interested in a career as a sleep technologist.

This fall, Parkland College is launching a training program for sleep technologists, also called polysomnographic technologists. Instruction starts in mid-September and concludes in late October.