Parkland program receives honors for its excellence

CHAMPAIGN – A center at Parkland College that helps students develop their academic skills is one of eight programs in the nation being recognized as exemplary community college programs.

Parkland's Center for Academic Success brings together several services to help students learn study skills, prepare for taking college-level courses if they are not at that level yet, and get tutoring help

Longtime P.E. teacher relishes keeping youngsters active

URBANA – When Ann Yarber was a kid, she loved activity – always running, jumping, playing.

Though one of her knees might feel different these days, she still enjoys being active.

Tuscola parents express concerns over bullies, policies

TUSCOLA – A group of parents told the Tuscola school board and a room full of teachers that they believed bullying to be a major issue at all grade levels.

Parent Sandy Oye went to a local television station earlier in the week with concerns that her son had been bullied. She said she wanted to create awareness about the problem, not to bring negative attention to the district.

Parkland board approves tuition increases

CHAMPAIGN – In-district Parkland College students will be paying $5 more per credit hour, beginning this summer.

Those students will see their tuition increase to $84 per credit hour, under an increase approved by the college's board of trustees Wednesday night.

Danville school officials back graduation ticket requirement

DANVILLE – Danville school board members on Wednesday threw their support behind a proposal aimed at improving decorum and security at the high school's graduation ceremony.

Under the proposal, people will be required to have a ticket to attend the ceremony. Graduates will be given six tickets apiece, but school officials said that doesn't mean that those with large families can't get more if they need them.

Westville schools to sell $2.8 million in bonds for renovations

WESTVILLE – School officials voted Wednesday to sell up to $2.8 million in bonds to pay for building renovations that should take place this summer.

Superintendent Jim Owens said that amount was chosen because it will provide enough money to perform some needed work, but it is not expected to raise residents' property tax rates.

Evaluation lists consent decree as high priority

CHAMPAIGN – The biggest challenge for Champaign school Superintendent Arthur Culver in the next year or so will be to see the district's consent decree come to a successful conclusion.

Trustees approve DACC culinary program

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College soon will have something that people in the local food service industry have been requesting for years – a basic culinary arts certificate program.

DACC trustees on Tuesday approved establishing a program designed to give students basic skills in food preparation and production skills and knowledge about nutrition, food safety and sanitation to prepare them for entry-level positions at restaurants and other food-service jobs. The program now goes to the Illinois Community College Board for approval.

GCMS student presents report on dangerous intersections

GIBSON CITY – Gibson City Council members promised to pursue warnings of dangerous intersections presented by Eric Sommer, a junior at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School.

Sommer, 17, is a student leader with the school's ongoing and award-winning Project Ignition teen safe driving program. He and project co-sponsor Mike McDevitt were present to show council members that students identified three intersections where trees and shrub growth were blocking drivers' views of stop signs.

School board approves Garden Hills youth initiative

CHAMPAIGN – A project to provide educational, vocational and recreational opportunities to children in the Garden Hills neighborhood, beginning this summer, conflicts with a plan to put air conditioning in Garden Hills Elementary School.

The Champaign school board enthusiastically supported the joint initiative of the school district, city of Champaign and the park district to provide youth programs in the Garden Hills area.