No eighth-grade graduation in Rantoul

RANTOUL — The Rantoul City Schools district's decision once again to not hold a graduation ceremony for the J.W.

Report near on Westville/Georgetown-Ridge Farm consolidation

WESTVILLE — Superintendent Jim Owens said the report on consolidation options with the neighboring Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district should be ready soon, and that the districts may have a public forum on the findings in late April. 

Midwest School Consultants of Springfield was contracted by the two districts to c

Champaign school board members question Savoy presentation by anti-referendum group

CHAMPAIGN — With less than three weeks left until Election Day, tensions between the Champaign school board and an anti-referendum committee are on the rise.

The latest spat concerns a 10-minute presentation two members of the group Keep Central Central made to the Savoy village board Wednesday night about the school district's $144 million facilities proposal.

Parkland trustee candidates state their case

CHAMPAIGN — In what may be the only forum featuring the three candidates for the Parkland College board before the April 7 election, former U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson of Urbana, former Champaign County Board member Brendan McGinty of Philo and former Tuscola schools Superintendent James Voyles made their case for election to the two open seats.

Amended tuition-waiver bill passes out of committee; more changes possible

SPRINGFIELD — An amended bill to phase out the 50 percent tuition waivers that go to the children of public university employees in Illinois passed a House committee Wednesday.

But the sponsor of HB 403, Marengo Democratic Rep. Jack Franks, said that more amendments may be coming.

Still, Franks said he hopes to pass his legislation this spring.

Updated: No punishment for Ash Wednesday incident

CHAMPAIGN — The choir teacher involved in the Ash Wednesday incident at Centennial High School last month will not be reprimanded for her role in the event.

Fisher to have Little Free Library

FISHER — The Fisher school district will join the Little Free Library movement.

Fisher's school board approved librarian Kelly Friedlein's plan to install a box for books on school grounds that anyone in the community will be able to access.

Cerro Gordo may change school principal arrangements

CERRO GORDO — The district may have one less building principal starting with the 2015-16 school year.

Salt Fork OKs first bus lease

JAMAICA — The area's newest school district entered into a bus contract with Superior Coach Sales of Perrysville, Ind.

More extracurricular activities coming to Villa Grove schools

VILLA GROVE — Students will have two new sports and a renewed Scholastic Bowl program available to them next school year.