Agency wins $800,000 in grants

More than 500 students in the Danville, Westville and Georgetown-Ridge Farm school districts will receive additional academic support and learning enrichment opportunities thanks to a local agency.

DACC board considers tuition increase

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College students may see a small tuition increase later this year.

College officials are proposing to raise tuition from $110 per credit hour to $115. The universal fee would remain at the same rate of $15 per credit hour.

Blue Ridge OKs self-contained special education classrooms

FARMER CITY — The Blue Ridge school board unanimously voted to approve self-contained special education classrooms.

N-G Exclusive: Rauner to appoint 2 Alumni Association board members as UI trustees

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SPRINGFIELD — Two Chicago business executives will join the University of Illinois Board of Trustees next month if their appointments are confirmed by the Illinois Senate.

Environmental Almanac: Real-life female stars in entomology

Depictions of female entomologists in film will be the focus of the 32nd Insect Fear Film Festival, which will take place Saturday at the University of Illinois.

New playground coming to Bottenfield school

A new play space is coming to a local school, and the organization of parents behind it will be thanking the school district at its meeting Monday night.

Pipe connector failed, damaging Bement school

BEMENT — A failed hot-water pipe connector led to some major damage to the middle school portion of the Bement school campus last week, forcing the district to move two classrooms to other spaces in the building as repairs are being made.

School board candidate Young focuses on family

CHAMPAIGN — For Unit 4 school board hopeful Alissia Young, education is all about the family.

From her day job at the University of Illinois' childcare resource service department, to her evening and weekend work leading bible studies, to her home life, Young believes it's essential for parents and families to be involved in every aspect of their child's education.

Cost of replicating Dodds soccer complex: More than $4 million

CHAMPAIGN — If a proposed land swap were approved between the Champaign Park District and Unit 4, the school district would be asked to front the cost of replicating the soccer complex currently at Dodds Park, The News-Gazette has learned.

The price tag? Between $4 million and $4.5 million, park district Executive Director Joe DeLuce said Friday.

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