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Articles filed under Batavia Unit District 101

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  • 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.

  • Batavia school board narrows list of priority building projects Sep 24, 2014 5:30 AM
    Two artificial-turf fields, but only a seven-lane new track, are what the Batavia school board Tuesday decided should be done first at Batavia High School, if voters approve borrowing $15 million for building projects districtwide.

  • 2 athletic plans on Batavia school board’s mind Sep 22, 2014 7:46 PM
    The Batavia school board is considering two options for remodeling Batavia High School's athletic fields as it prepares for a referendum in November about borrowing $15 million for capital projects. The board will discuss the options Tuesday, at a noon finance committee meeting and a 7 p.m. board meeting.

  • Residents ask Batavia school board to stop increasing taxes Sep 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    People attending a Batavia school budget hearing Tuesday pleaded with the school board to stop increasing property taxes.

  • Batavia school maintenance building: Fix old, rent-to-own from former school board president? Sep 12, 2014 6:13 PM
    Should the Batavia school district lease a factory building to house its maintenance facility, with the idea of eventually buying it? And does it matter that a former school board member owns the building? School board expect to discuss Sept. 23

  • Batavia school board questions need to extend TIF district life Aug 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    Batavia school officials are questioning why city officials want to extend the life of a downtown tax-increment financing district, which offers incentives for repair and development of properties. Especially since the district doesn't expire until 2027. “I did find the letter from the mayor to be a bit vague,” school board member Melanie Impastato said. “Why does it need to be extended for that long of a term?"

  • Batavia school support workers contract OK’d Aug 27, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Batavia school board approved a new, four-year contract with support staff workers Tuesday night. And it was revealed that teachers will be voting Wednesday on a new contract.

  • Batavia school board refining needs for referendum money Aug 26, 2014 6:25 PM
    If the Batavia school district gets the OK to borrow $15 million, what projects would it spend the money on first? School board members are refining that list.

  • 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.

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