New facilities could spur achievement, officials say

CHAMPAIGN — If voters approve increasing taxes for a new Central and renovated Centennial High School on Nov. 4, district residents might see increased academic performance among high school students, school officials say.

Slate of candidates coming up for Danville schools chief

DANVILLE — Danville school board members this week will get their first glimpse at the contenders for the school district's top job.

SchoolExec Connect consultants Kathy Robbins and Diane Robertson will present a slate of about six candidates to the board at special meeting on Wednesday.

The meeting will be closed to the public for the purpose of discussing personnel.

Study: Staying put may provide only temporary solution

CHAMPAIGN — Just days before the Champaign school board voted in August to put a bond issue for a new Central High School on the Nov. 4 ballot, district architects completed a study on the expansion possibilities in Central's current neighborhood.

Middletown demolition plans move forward

MAHOMET — Now that students and staff are settled into the new Middletown Prairie Elementary, Mahomet-Seymour school district officials are setting a timeline for the demolition of the old Middletown building on Division Street.

Mahomet-Seymour moves graduation to Krannert

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour's graduation ceremony is changing venues this school year.

Anyone who's been to commencement in the past few years knows it can be an ordeal, Principal Shannon Cheek said, citing frequent complaints about poor sound quality, cramped seating and — above all — the oppressive heat.

"This has been a topic of conversation for many years," he said.

Centennial teacher stays flexible, innovative

CHAMPAIGN — She may be up for a classroom teacher award from the state board of education, but A.J. Griffith doesn't even have her own teaching space at Centennial High School.

Not that it's a problem, the special education teacher says. Flexibility and patience are the name of her game.

Taken by surprise: School honors its Social Worker of the Year

CHAMPAIGN — She may teach others how to cope with all kinds of emotions every day, but Heidi Grove admits she's not very good at handling the feeling of being in the spotlight.

4.9% tax levy to raise revenue for Villa Grove schools

VILLA GROVE — The Villa Grove school board will request a 4.99 percent tax levy this year.

Fisher signs on for academy

FISHER — The Fisher school board agreed in principle to participate in the Early College and Career Academy when it begins next school year. Nick Elder, the director of the Education for Employment (EFE) System No.

PBL tax rate hike projected

PAXTON — Property owners in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district likely will pay a higher tax rate to support the local school system next year, Superintendent Cliff McClure said.