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  • Elizabeth Torres and Teddy Ritchie read informational texts in their third-grade classroom at Longfellow Elementary in Wheaton. Longfellow saw one of the smallest decreases in DuPage County in students who meet or exceed testing standards, despite the state's move to increase the cutoff scores necessary to qualify as meeting or exceeding.

    Some DuPage schools keep more scores above new benchmarks Oct 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    For administrators at many of DuPage County's top-performing elementary schools, the release each year of state report card data usually brings an extra reason to celebrate during Halloween festivities. But this year's data offers a more complicated story, as higher cutoff scores mean fewer students met the mark to be classified as meeting or exceeding state standards. “What used to be a 'meets' is no longer a 'meets,'” said Faith Dahlquist, assistant superintendent for educational services in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200.

  • Why DuPage voters rejected property tax hikes Apr 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Several DuPage County school districts were licking their wounds Wednesday after voters defeated requests for more money to build a new school in Oak Brook, an early childhood center in Wheaton and an indoor pool at Lake Park. Here’s what went wrong.

  •  Butler Junior High is one of two schools Butler District 53 would like to consolidate into one new building, but voters Tuesday denied two measures that would make the new school possible.

    No new school for Butler Dist. 53 in Oak BrookApr 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Oak Brook voters on Tuesday rejected two measures that could have resulted in a new school for Butler District 53 on village-owned land at the Sports Core. Villagewide, voters rejected selling the land for the school as district voters opposed borrowing $15 million for construction.

  •  Voters in communities throughout DuPage County on Tuesday will consider a variety of ballot questions, including two questions related to Butler Elementary District 53’s proposal to build a K-8 school on land that belongs to the village of Oak Brook.

    Several DuPage taxing bodies asking for more money Apr 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Knowing they won't get another chance to ask voters for more money until next year, several government bodies in DuPage County are seeking approval for tax increases in Tuesday's election. A variety of ballot questions will be decided, from Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200's $17.6 million proposal to replace an aging preschool to a proposed sales-tax hike in Winfield.

  •  The proposed site of the new school Butler Elementary District 53 wants to build is just east of the Oak Brook Public Library, along 31st Street on village-owned Sports Core land. Voters in the April 9 election will be asked whether 8.5 acres of the land should be sold to allow construction of the school.

    Site proposed for new District 53 school draws opposition Mar 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    When Butler Elementary District 53 began developing plans for a new school, finding an appropriate site was one of the biggest challenges. A school built to serve almost 500 students should have access to 20 or more acres of land, according to state recommendations, and district officials found only one Oak Brook property meeting that criteria: the Sports Core. One of two ballot questions many Oak Brook voters will see April 9 asks all residents of the village to approve or deny the sale of up to 8.5 acres of village-owned Sports Core land on which the district hopes to build the new school.

  • Butler Elementary District 53 wants to build a K-8 school on village-owned Sports Core land east of the Oak Brook Public Library, but voters first must approve two ballot questions allowing a tax increase to fund the school and granting permission for the land to be sold. This preliminary concept drawing shows what the school could look like.

    Oak Brook voters to decide fate of new school proposal Mar 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Voter response to two questions on the April 9 ballot in Oak Brook could lead to development of a new school for Butler Elementary District 53 on village-owned land at the Sports Core. If voters approve both questions -- one involving a tax increase and the other a land sale -- District 53 officials say they will move forward with plans to construct an almost 120,000-square-foot building with 28 classrooms to replace the aging Brook Forest Elementary and Butler Junior High schools.

  • Endorsement: Yes for new school building in Butler Dist. 53Mar 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald recommends yes votes on proposals to acquire permission to buy land and to build a new school in Butler Elementary District 53 .

  • This diagram shows the location of a new school Butler Elementary District 53 wants to build east of the Oak Brook Public Library at the village-owned Sports Core.

    School building costs worry Oak Brook residents Mar 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    A handful of Oak Brook residents expressed concerns Saturday about the potential cost of approving a pair of referendum questions on the April 9 ballot that would clear the way for Butler Elementary District 53 to build a new school to replace its two existing facilities. Voters in the district are being asked this spring to approve a tax increase that would allow the district to seek a $15 million loan to help construct the proposed $40 million school.

  • Todd Rusteberg, running for Butler District 53 School Board (4-year Terms)

    Todd Rusteberg: Candidate ProfileFeb 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Candidate information for Todd Rusteberg, running for Butler District 53 School Board (4-year Terms)

  • Alan Hanzlik: Candidate ProfileFeb 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Candidate information for Alan Hanzlik, running for Butler District 53 School Board (4-year Terms)

  • Alan Kumar: Candidate ProfileFeb 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Candidate information for Alan Kumar, running for Butler District 53 School Board (4-year Terms)

  • Hitesh Patel: Candidate ProfileFeb 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Candidate information for Hitesh Patel, running for Butler District 53 School Board (4-year Terms)

  • A proposal to replace the Jefferson Early Childhood Center in Wheaton is among a list of questions that will appear on ballots throughout DuPage County.

    Tax increase questions on several DuPage ballotsFeb 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Voters in several DuPage County communities will weigh in this spring on an array of ballot questions from governmental entities, including five that are seeking more tax money.

  • The Soapbox Jan 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Daily Herald editors take the news of the week and offer up their quick-hit opinions in The Soapbox.

  • Heidi Wennstrom

    Oak Brook’s Butler District 53 names new superintendent Jan 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    A longtime Northwest suburban school administrator, Heidi Wennstrom, has been named superintendent of Oak Brook’s Butler Elementary District 53. She will assume her new duties July 1, replacing Sandra Martin at the helm of the high-performing district that serves roughly 435 students at one elementary school and one junior high. Martin is retiring after 10 years in the superintendent’s post. "She really is an educator's educator," school board President Alan Hanzlik said of the new hire.

  • Editorial: A road map to transparencyAug 7, 2012 12:00 AM
    Those local governments that need to be more transparent must make it a priority and emulate those who are doing it well as graded by the Illinois Policy Institute, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • Bloomingdale homes school boundary swap denied May 1, 2012 12:00 AM
    Two subdivisions of 25 homes in Bloomingdale will remain within the school district boundaries of Glenbard High School District 87 and Marquardt Elementary District 15, even though residents there sought to detach their properties and annex into two other nearby school districts.

  • Judge stops school district swap in Oak BrookApr 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    A DuPage County judge has reversed a decision by the regional school board that would have allowed an Oak Brook neighborhood to switch school districts, officials said Monday. The ruling by Judge Bonnie Wheaton came as welcome news to Salt Creek Elementary District 48 and DuPage High School District 88, who stood to lose about 15 students and a combined $1 million a year in tax revenue.

  • Lessons from two DuPage teacher contracts Feb 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says negotiators for a teacher contract in Oak Brook can learn something from their counterparts in West Chicago.

  • Butler District 53 contract talks at standstill Feb 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    Teacher contract talks remain at a standstill in Oak Brook’s Butler Elementary District 53 with both sides apparently dug in for what could be a long fight over salaries. After 24 bargaining sessions over the past year, including three meetings with a federal mediator, the teachers and school board have agreed on 26 of 27 open issues for a proposed three-year pact for the high-achieving district’s 48 teachers. But with no agreement in sight on compensation, the school board declared an impasse on Jan. 12 and the two sides have not returned to the bargaining table since.

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