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Sangamon Valley

NIANTIC – Sangamon Valley Superintendent Bob Meadows has been named 2018 Superintendent of the Year by the Abe Lincoln Region of the Illinois Principals Association.

Sangamon Valley High School was also recognized with the organization's Reaching Out and Building Bridges Award for their work with the Trauma-Informed Schools Pilot Program with the Education Coalition of Macon County.

Girls on the Run

DECATUR – Girls on the Run of Central Illinois is seeking new teams to join the fall session which will begin on Sept. 8.

The after-school program is designed to enhance girls' social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors. Twice a week for 10 weeks, coaches lead small teams of third through eighth grade girls through curriculum and running. Programs are in place at 70 schools in 15 counties in Central Illinois and serves 1,200 girls a year.

Call (217) 726-9808 to start a team or volunteer as a coach or visit the website at

Dual-credit classes

PEORIA — A new state law will allow Illinois high school students to take an unlimited number of dual-credit courses and earn both high school and college credits.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday that he says will give students better access to higher education. The General Assembly unanimously approved the measure in May.

Some school districts have limited the number of dual-credit classes students may enroll in or the number of credits they may earn.

The new law, which takes Jan. 1, prohibits school boards from setting limits. It requires the courses, taken online or in class, be taught by instructors who meet state requirements.

Sen. Chuck Weaver sponsored the legislation. The Peoria Republican says it will make college more affordable and increase the number of students who earn college degrees.


Education Reporter

Education reporter for the Herald & Review.

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