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  • Batavia schools post tentative budget, but change is likely Aug 14, 2014 5:03 PM
    The Batavia school board has put its tentative 2014-15 budget on display, and plans to have a public hearing a week before it's due to vote on it.

  • Batavia school to ask voters for permission to borrow $15 million Aug 13, 2014 5:39 AM
    Batavia school district voters will be asked in November whether the district should borrow $15 million to speed up its capital-improvement works list, which includes items such as installing artificial turf in the Batavia High School stadium.

  • Batavia teacher contract talks progressing Aug 8, 2014 12:03 PM
    Will Batavia teachers start a new school year without a contract? Possibly, but negotiators are making progress, according to union President Tony Malay.

  • Batavia schools might seek voters’ OK to borrow for sports field Aug 2, 2014 7:00 AM
    Plans to install artifical turf in the stadium at Batavia High School are firming up. The school board is preparing to hire an engineer to design the project. It is also working on a contract with the Batavia Bulldogs Boosters club for the club to pay for the turf.

  • Batavia may increase developers’ school fees Jul 30, 2014 5:49 PM
    Mayor Jeff Schielke has suggested the city increase the amount of land or cash developers give to school districts to offset the cost of educating the new students spawned by development. The city values land at $100,000 per acre, but in Geneva it's $185,000, and St. Charles uses $240,500 or $175,000. “I don’t like being at the bottom of the Tri-Cities,” Schielke said. “I think we need to come up with a new number that will support the Batavia school district going forward in the future.”

  • Aurora outlet mall begins ‘complete transformation’ Jul 16, 2014 4:58 PM
    Bulldozers are out in force flattening 45 acres east of Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora to make way for what officials are calling a historic expansion of the popular outlet mall. Fifty new stores anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th are coming to the shopping area at I-88 and Farnsworth Road. “This is a big deal, and this is going to help move our city forward positively in the future,” Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner said.

  • Batavia native, engineer mentors girls in robotics camp Jul 10, 2014 10:11 AM
    In 2002, Denise Karabowicz was the only girl on the Rotolo Middle School’s Lego Building Club. Eleven years later, she’s running the show, along with her dad, Ron. “I know what the robotics program did for me when I was in middle school,” she said.

  • Dist. 101 school lunch prices again going up Jun 24, 2014 6:55 PM
    Batavia students will pay more for school lunches next year. Not because it costs more to make the lunches, but to reduce the difference between what the district charges and the higher reimbursement the federal government pays for lunches served to low-income students.

  • Students and sex images Jun 9, 2014 5:30 AM
    Within a month, four schools --- in Barrington, Batavia, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton --- reported instances of students sexting, looking at porn or creating obscene images. In two of the cases, students involved have been charged.

  • School districts take action after sexting, porn incidents Jun 9, 2014 9:30 PM
    Within months, four elementary and middle schools --- in Barrington, Batavia, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton --- reported instances of students sexting, looking at porn or creating obscene images. In two of the cases, students involved have been criminally charged. The districts have responded by trying to educate students about the appropriate use of the Internet and social meda.

  • Fix old, rent, or build new Batavia school maintenance building? May 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    Should the Batavia school district fix up its current maintenance building? Should it buy a building and renovate it to meet the district's needs? Or should it buy land and construct a new building? The school board wants more information on the three options.

  • 2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions May 8, 2014 3:00 PM
    2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions

  • Meet the 2013-2014 Fox Valley Academic Team May 8, 2014 3:34 PM
    "Throughout my life, I have never been satisfied with simply meeting the minimum requirements," Kevin Wilde of Cary-Grove High School writes in an essay. "While some people may ask, 'What is the least amount of work I need to do to get by?' I ask, 'What could I do to get the most out of this situation?'" Wilde, who was named to the Daily Herald's Fox Valley Academic Team for 2013-14, is not alone in his mindset. The students on the team look for opportunities to not only further their own achievements, but to lead, and to make a difference.

  • Editorial: Kids and the battle with technology gone bad May 7, 2014 1:01 AM
    Recent cases of children misusing their smartphones and other technology - and some getting arrested for it - should be a wake-up call for all parents, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • Prosecutor: Use Batavia sexting case as teachable moment May 7, 2014 5:07 AM
    Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said Tuesday he hopes parents can use the investigation into sexting at a Batavia middle school as an opportunity to teach their children about responsible social media usage. “The message is the same,” he said. “It's about responsibility. It's about thinking about long-term consequences.”

  • No charges in Batavia school sexting case May 6, 2014 12:11 PM
    No criminal charges will be filed in the case of the Rotolo Middle School students caught sending photo of their nude selves to classmates, Batavia police announced Monday. According to a news release, police and school authorities intend to educate students about the ramifications of the use and misuse of social media.

  • Top Kane County educators named May 3, 2014 8:00 AM
    The top Kane County educators were honored Friday night by the Regional Office of Education at the 39th annual Educator of the Year Awards Banquet in St. Charles. Carol Mertes, first grade teacher at Johnson Elementary School in East Aurora Unit District 131, won the Educator of the Year Award, while Stephanie Ramstad, principal of Carpentersville Middle School in Community Unit District 300, was named School Administrator of the Year.

  • Batavia middle school sexting investigated May 1, 2014 12:17 PM
    Batavia police are investigating sexting involving Rotolo Middle School students. Police said at least a dozen students took or received nude photographs via cellphone. Detective Kevin Bretz said it's important parents check their kids' phones and computers, because youngsters this age don't realize the long-term consequences. "Kids tend to see not much farther than their noses," he said.

  • Batavia charity has prom dresses for girls in need Apr 23, 2014 6:12 PM
    A Batavia charity has 60 beautiful dresses, donated by customers of a beauty salon,and is ready to play fairy godmother to girls who can't afford prom gowns. Now the group is just looking for the Cinderellas.

  • New Roselle Dist. 12 superintendent eager to start Apr 23, 2014 6:00 PM
    An administrator with Batavia Unit District 101 says she's looking forward to becoming the next superintendent of Roselle Elementary District 12. Melissa Kaczkowski, District 101's assistant director of student services, was picked earlier this month to succeed District 12 Superintendent Lori Bein, who is slated to start July 1 as superintendent of Arlington Heights Elementary District 25. “Throughout the interview process, it became clear to me that District 12 is a very people-centered district that is passionate about their commitment to students,” Kaczkowski said.

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