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  • Batavia candidate who filed in two races has choice to make Dec 17, 2014 4:33 PM
    Ron Rechenmacher of Batavia is seeking election to the Batavia City Council and the Batavia school board. Sort of. He doesn't want to serve both, and likely couldn't, but he filed for both offices to ensure competition for the seats, he said Tuesday.

     
  • Batavia school board hot among Tri-Cities races Dec 15, 2014 7:59 PM
    The Batavia school board race in April will be a highly contested one, as eight people filed this morning for theree seats. And one of those candidates is also seeking a seat on the Batavia City Council.

     
  • Batavia High School named to AP District Honor Roll Dec 15, 2014 9:17 AM
    For the third year in a row, Batavia Unit District 101 is being honored by the College Board with placement on the fifth annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

     
  • Donate $20 to toy drive, receive Riverwalk photo Dec 4, 2014 8:01 AM
    In an effort to help with Batavia's toy drive, Mike Hoag, an amateur photographer, has offered a Riverwalk photo that is creating quite a stir on social media. For a $20 donation to the toy drive, he will send the donor a JPEG file of the Riverwalk photo for printing at home.

     
  • Batavia woman repairing the world in several ways Nov 28, 2014 12:16 PM
    Joanne Spitz of Batavia believes in carrying out tikkun olam, which means "to repair the world" in Hebrew. It has led her to many volunteer posts over the quarter-century or so she has lived in the area.

     
  • Directing ‘The Nutcracker’ from a hospital bed Nov 21, 2014 10:11 AM
    Christmas is the season for giving, and Ashlie Andersen, owner of State Street Dance Studio and director of the school’s 11th performance of “The Nutcracker,” is contemplating three of the most important gifts of her life. Foremost are the twins she is expecting, but the third gift was a complete surprise. “I gave my studio to Ashlie,” said founder Linda Cunningham, who lives in Batavia. “It was my Oprah moment. I said, ‘hey, I want to talk to you about something. I have a gift for you.’ She was blown away.”

     
  • Batavia public school enrollment continues declining Nov 19, 2014 4:20 PM
    Enrollment in the Batavia public schools will likely continue to decline for several more years, according to a report presented to the school board Tuesday. District officials expect that next fall it will enroll its smallest kindergarten class in recent years, 349 students. Kindergarten enrollment has declined each year since at least the 2009-10 school year, when enrollment was 478.

     
  • Batavia school board seeks higher tax levy Nov 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    Batavia school board members said they struggled Tuesday when deciding to ask for more property taxes, instead of holding the levy steady. Uncertainty about possible changes to state funding for aid and pensions that could cost the Batavia district is worrying them.

     
  • ‘Hello, Dolly!’ returns to Batavia High School Nov 12, 2014 2:32 PM
    Batavia High School first presented "Hello, Dolly!" 35 years ago, and has performed the musical two more times. This weekend Dominic Cattero, who once sat in the audience, will direct the play.

     
  • Batavia school referendum: ‘No’ to borrowing $15 million Nov 4, 2014 10:40 PM
    Batavia school district voters gave a big thumbs-down Tuesday to the idea of borrowing $15 million for buildings and grounds projects that would have included putting artificial-turf fields at Batavia High School.

     
  • Fire, library, borrowing questions on Kane County ballots Nov 3, 2014 5:57 PM
    Referendums in Tri-Cities and central Kane County get to decide questions about fire protection, library service, and whether to borrow money for school facilities' projects. Areas affected are the Batavia school district, the Elburn and Fox River fire protection districts, and the Gail Borden Library District.

     
  • Geneva High atop local lists for science, reading Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    Geneva High School continued to have the highest composite average ACT score among schools in and near the Tri-Cities, despite a slight dip in that score. And Kaneland High School's score climbed 5.2 percent.

     
  • Batavia football coach criticized over referendum email Oct 30, 2014 7:42 PM
    A Batavia resident has complained to the Kane County clerk about Batavia school district employees, including the varsity football coach, campaigning to get voters to say "yes" to borrowing money to improve sports fields.

     
  • Rotolo Middle School girls cross country team takes state championship Oct 30, 2014 8:01 PM
    At the start of the Oct. 18 IESA State Cross Country meet for middle school athletes, members of Batavia’s Rotolo Middle School girl’s team knew they had a good chance to do well. But when they wound up taking home a state championship, it was like a dream come true.

     
  • Halloween fun rules Batavia at BatFest Oct 22, 2014 10:01 PM
    If you venture into downtown Batavia this Saturday, beware of small projectiles. A pumpkin seed spitting contest and marshmallow shooting contest are among the newest offerings at BatFest, Batavia's celebration of the Halloween season.

     
  • Batavia school officials explain referendum plan Oct 15, 2014 3:58 PM
    Questions about whether property taxes would go up, why the district wants artificial turf fields and more were raised Tuesday at a Batavia school district meeting about an advisory referendum on borrowing $15 million for capital projects.

     
  • Forum Tuesday on Batavia school referendum Oct 13, 2014 3:51 PM
    The Batavia school district will have a forum Tuesday night on a proposal to borrow $15 million for building-and-grounds projects, including artificial turf for fields at Batavia High School. Voters' opinions are being sought in an Nov. 4 referendum.

     
  • Retirement approved for controversial Batavia teacher Oct 7, 2014 5:33 AM
    John Dryden, the Batavia High School social studies teacher who got in trouble in 2013 over giving advice to students taking a survey on their behaviors, had his retirement approved by the Batavia school board Monday.

     
  • Embattled Batavia teacher to step down Oct 4, 2014 7:30 AM
    A Batavia High School teacher who advised his students that they had a constitutional right not to fill out a school survey on risky behavior is retiring from his position, officials said. Social studies teacher John Dryden submitted his letter of resignation to Batavia School District 101 officials Friday.

     
  • Batavia schools moving maintenance shop Sep 26, 2014 11:42 AM
    The Batavia school district will lease a former factory building, owned by a former school board member, for its maintenance operations.

     
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