URBANA — The University of Illinois is exploring the idea of a supplemental retirement package for employees hired since 2011 unless the state improves benefits for the so-called "Tier II" pension system, a top UI official told faculty Monday.
Caring for reef helps third-graders learn math, science, language arts, other things
As students in Brandon Rutherford's third-grade class propagated zoanthids, which are a coral-like colony of animals also related to anemones, the questions students asked were almost nonstop.
"Why does it feel like this?"
"How long would it take for a coral to die?"
Committees to start process for consolidation talks
GEORGETOWN — School officials from the Westville and Georgetown-Ridge-Farm districts are setting groups to further study reorganization options.
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district Monday hired an interim dean of students at Garden Hills Elementary, a position that replaces the current assistant principal position there.
The board voted 5-0 to hire Jill Johnson as interim dean of students.
An effort to upgrade the Fisher School District's football complex is expected to finish ahead of schedule.
That's according to project spokesman Greg Liestman, who said as of last week the project team reached its $85,000 goal needed to fund bleacher renovations. Reaching that goal means the team will get a $15,000 grant from the USDA.
DANVILLE — The adventures of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch of the West will come to life during Westville High School's production of "The Wizard of Oz."
The musical, put on by the high school's drama club and concert chorus, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the high school's old gym, 918 N. State St., Westville.
DANVILLE — School officials will take a look at start times for all of the Danville district's schools soon, and they're inviting parents to weigh in on the matter.
URBANA — With a new campus strategic plan fresh in hand, the University of Illinois is launching a program to review every academic department on a regular basis.
The plan is to examine all 80 academic departments on an eight-year cycle, or roughly 10 per year, said Associate Provost Barbara Wilson. The first three reviews will be done this year as part of a pilot project.
CHAMPAIGN — As a comics scholar, Carol Tilley had read Fredric Wertham's book "Seduction of the Innocent," a touchstone of the U.S. anti-comics movement of the 1950s and '60s.
She felt somewhat indifferent to the archenemy of comics, though. She considered Wertham just part of the landscape.
URBANA — Urbana High School seniors spent Friday volunteering, learning more about possible careers and gearing up for college.
It was the school's first College, Career and Community Day for the seniors, which Principal Matthew Stark said was not a day off, but a chance for seniors to prepare for their futures or contribute to the community.