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Vermilion County Conservation District offers hike to get leaves

WESTVILLE – The Vermilion County Conservation District will offer a guided leaf-collecting hike at 10 a.m. Sept. 6 in Forest Glen Preserve, 20301 E 900 North Road.

The free tour is for students needing leaf collections for school requirements or anyone interested in learning more about leaves.

Brown recluse spiders found in two Paxton school buildings

District issues precautions for parents/guardians

PAXTON – Parents of students at Paxton-Buckley-Loda Eastlawn and Clara Peterson Elementary schools are asked to check their children regularly for bites by poisonous spiders that have been found in the two schools in Paxton this summer.

Registration a perennial problem for school district

RANTOUL – A parent's complaint to the Rantoul City Schools board may lead to an expanded effort to inform students' families about registration requirements.

Vermilion officials hear of growing need for skilled workers

DANVILLE – How are John Deere tractors, BMW cars, Chiquita bananas and Kawasaki motorcycles connected with Vermilion County?

Companies here do business with them, and those companies are looking for skilled workers for good-paying jobs, such as engineers, graphic designers, computer programmers and more.

 

Danville school administrators brought under new contracts

DANVILLE – All Danville school administrators are working under new contracts now.

Board members this week approved 237-day contracts with six directors and managers, and 205-day contracts with 11 principals and assistant principals.

They had already approved contracts with several other administrators, most of whom are new to the district, when those people were appointed to their posts in December and over the summer.

Champaign school district ending its alternative program

CHAMPAIGN – Columbia Center, the Champaign school district's alternative program for middle- and high-school students, will close at the end of this semester.

The district announced the plans in a press release, saying the district, in collaboration with the court monitor and plaintiff's attorneys in the consent decree case "have determined that the programming and services offered ... are not structured in a manner to support the needs of students with severe behavior issues."

Champaign school district to close Columbia Center

CHAMPAIGN – Columbia Center, the Champaign school district's alternative program for middle and high school students, will be closed by January 2009.

The district announced the plans in a press release, saying the district, in collaboration with the court monitor and plaintiff's attorneys in the consent decree case "have determined that the programming and services offered ... are not structured in a manner to support the needs of students with severe behavior issues."

Urbana High School freshmen begin learning the ropes

URBANA – This might as well be a maze.

It's about 10 a.m., and students powerwalk in circles, trying to find rooms, only to find, instead, hallways leading right back to where they started.

Unit 7 board approves tentative budget in the black

TOLONO – The Unit 7 school board on Wednesday approved a tentative $14.29 million budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year, an increase over last year's $13.37 million budget.

The proposed spending plan is on display for 30 days at the district's administrative building at 408 N. Central St. Board members will vote on its adoption at their 7 p.m. Sept. 30 meeting so that it can be filed with the State Board of Education.

Champaign district, teachers both ask for federal mediator

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district and the teachers' union made a joint request Wednesday for a federal mediator.

The request was made because of the "slowing pace of negotiations," and because classes have started and the teachers' contract expired June 30, said Jon Nadler, a representative for the Illinois Federation of Teachers.