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6. June 2016
A: Thanks for the question! This year Urbana Middle School will start the 6th graders in the same fashion as Urbana High School starts the 9th graders, all by themselves. So, first day of school for the UMS 7th and 8th graders will be Friday, August 19th. We will update the printable calendar to clarify the start date for the returning middle school students. UMS will send out communications about the start dates to the parents prior to the start of school and the information will be communicated at Centralized Registration.
11. May 2016
A: Thanks for your question! Currently (as of today, May 11), USD #116 enrollment, including our early childhood school students, sits at 4,428 students. This includes our early childhood school, six elementary schools, middle school, and high school. As stated in the question below, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) does a good job keeping track of district enrollment figures and demographics at the Illinois School Report Card web site.
25. April 2016
A: Thanks for your question! Currently, USD #116 enrollment, minus our early childhood school students, sits at 4,093 students. This includes our six elementary schools, middle school, and high school. Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) does a good job keeping track of district enrollment figures and demographics at the Illinois School Report Card web site.
18. April 2016
A: Thank you for your question about touring the former Washington School building. The public bid process will end on May 11, 2016. If a winning bid is selected, we will close on the property no later than June 30, 2016, however closing may occur prior to that date. Unfortunately, once the transfer is complete, the property is out of District control. We do have a general tour of Washington schedule for April 28th @ 10:00 a.m. We also encourage our alumni groups to contact Superintendent Donald Owen (217-384-3600) for tours of Urbana schools.
6. April 2016
A: Thank you for your question about the track in the McKinley Athletic Fields, at Urbana High School. We invite our neighbors to use the UHS track on a limited basis, however, we ask the public’s understanding that the facility is first and foremost, a place of learning for our students. We do not allow continuous public access to any of our learning environments, however, we understand our track is a unique space and asset to the community.