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  • ECC to give backpacks full of help to needy students Saturday Aug 7, 2014 5:30 AM
    Elgin Community College and its partners will give away thousands of backpacks with school supplies and food to students in need Saturday during the college’s fifth annual Project Backpack. "There is still a great need (within) the school districts in our area, between homeless students and the students in need," Katie Storey of ECC said.

     
  • District 300 names two new principals Jul 30, 2014 2:54 PM
    The Community Unit District 300 school board recently appointed two new principals for Lincoln Prairie Elementary School in Lake in the Hills and Parkview Elementary School in Carpentersville. Mark Wetzel, formerly an assistant principal at Hampshire Middle School, takes the helm at Lincoln Prairie, while Jorge Almodovar, the district’s Title I facilitator, is the new principal at Parkview Elementary.

     
  • Carnival, crafts, competitions featured at Algonquin Founders’ Days Jul 22, 2014 3:55 PM

    By Lauren Rohr

    Algonquin residents will come together this weekend to commemorate the town’s founding fathers in a festival of food, activities and live entertainment. The independent Algonquin Founders’ Days festival began in 1960, when business owners and community leaders wanted to celebrate their community, said festival board secretary Sue Bazdor.

     
  • Paddle board fans sought for Founders’ Days competition Jul 22, 2014 3:54 PM
    Returning to the Algonquin Founders’ Days festival for the second year in a row is the stand up paddle board competition. The challenge will begin at Riverfront Park, and competitors will race down the Fox River in two separate timed events. Prizes will be given out to the winners in each division.

     
  • Carnival, crafts, competitions featured at Algonquin Founders' Days Jul 22, 2014 9:01 PM
    Algonquin residents will come together this weekend to commemorate the town's founding fathers in a festival of food, activities and live entertainment. The independent Algonquin Founders' Days festival began in 1960, when business owners and community leaders wanted to celebrate their community, said festival board secretary Sue Bazdor.

     
  • Districts U-46, 300 collect school supplies for needy students Jul 18, 2014 4:38 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 and Community Unit District 300 will be collecting donations of backpacks and basic school supplies Saturday at the Wal-Mart in Elgin and Algonquin for students in need.

     
  • Elgin area students create and perform opera Jul 16, 2014 3:38 PM
    A group of Elgin area teens and preteens will see months of hard work come alive onstage this weekend, when they perform "The Key," an opera they wrote themselves, at Elgin Community College. The students are part of Hamilton Wings' SCORE program, which gives at-risk kids a chance to experience the performing arts.

     
  • Barbeque & More offers a taste of Pakistan in Algonquin Jul 14, 2014 12:57 PM
    After moving to Algonquin from Pakistan, Shakil Hussain noticed that if he wanted to get some of the tastes from home when dining out, he had to head all the way into Schaumburg. So, he decided to open his own restaurant closer to his Fox Valley home featuring food from Pakistan, as well as Indian, Mediterranean and Asian food.

     
  • Cupcakes or quinoa? How several school districts regulate snacks Jul 12, 2014 8:00 AM
    Jennifer Nickels’ complaints about a teacher rewarding her 7-year-old daughter and other Dundee Highlands Elementary School students with candy prompted a schoolwide survey to parents, who were fine with the sweets. Meanwhile, policies about candy and other treats doled out during the school day vary across the suburbs. “It’s the cupcake and quinoa wars,” Margaret Van Duch of Mundelein's Fremont District 79 said.

     
  • Dist. 300 ensemble books parade gig Jul 2, 2014 2:05 PM
    The Dundee Middle School Street Ensemble in which kids learn music by beating garbage cans, paint buckets, metal chairs, pots and pans and the like, has booked a parade gig at Sleepy Hollow’s Fourth of July Celebration. The parade steps off at 11:30 a.m. What’s special about the ensemble is it's open to any student, regardless of musical ability or knowledge, according to an email from Matthew Bishop, the ensemble’s director and the school’s music teacher.

     
  • District 300 losing faith in state’s ability to pay them back Jul 1, 2014 5:17 AM
    Officials from Community Unit District 300 aren’t convinced the state will repay the millions of dollars it has owed them for more than a decade in time to pay for a new district headquarters. As a result, district leaders likely will rely on debt to finance the $3.9 administration building still under construction in Algonquin.

     
  • Official: Renovated Carpentersville school ‘a work of art’ Jun 24, 2014 5:20 AM
    Community Unit District 300 officials on Monday showed off the progress they’ve made thus far in converting their former Carpentersville headquarters into Oak Ridge School. "I’m very impressed, it’s a work of art to take it from what it was to make it to what it is now." Trustee Susie Kopacz said after the tour. "... No parent wants their children to be educated in trailers."

     
  • District 300 exploring name for administration building Jun 11, 2014 5:23 PM
    How does “The Nike Building” sound for the new administration building now under construction in Community Unit District 300? That, along with “Fred’s Place” and “Chuck’s Place” were among names officials jokingly suggested Monday night for the $3.9 million building in Algonquin.

     
  • Retired District 300 superintendent to temporarily run district Jun 10, 2014 10:45 AM
    A familiar face will temporarily run Community Unit District 300 until the superintendent the district hired is certified to work in Illinois. Ken Arndt, the district's superintendent from 2001 until his 2011 retirement, returns as interim superintendent and will make $472 for each day he works.

     
  • Editorial: Positive steps toward diversity, equality Jun 5, 2014 7:33 AM
    Positive steps to be more inclusive and cognizant of diversity need to be celebrated because it's clear there is still more work to do, a Daily Herald editorial says.

     
  • Dist. 300 to be temporarily run by two administrators May 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    Community Unit District 300 signed off on a new employment contract Wednesday for its incoming leader, Fred Heid, but he can’t start working as superintendent until the state certifies the Florida native’s credentials, officials said. Starting Monday, Heid will work as chief executive officer while Ken Arndt, the district’s former superintendent, will serve as interim superintendent, Board President Anne Miller said.

     
  • Gilberts Community Days adds kids’ activities, shuttle bus May 28, 2014 6:00 AM
    More kids activities and a shuttle bus service are new additions to this year's Gilberts Community Days festival, which runs Thursday to Sunday, May 29-June 1, in Town Square Park.

     
  • Should suburban school districts hire lobbyists? May 27, 2014 5:11 AM
    Can hiring lobbyists help suburban school districts influence education policy and bring home more tax dollars? It’s a question Elgin Area School District U-46 and Community Unit District 300 have been pondering in the wake of proposed legislation that would overhaul state funding of schools. “In Springfield, one of the things that we find when we’ve gone down there, school District U-46 is one of 868 districts outside of Chicago,” U-46 Chief of Staff Tony Sanders said.

     
  • Dundee’s Memorial Day parade set for Sunday May 22, 2014 6:00 AM
    Memorial Day will be celebrated over two days in Dundee township with a parade and services. Local veterans groups and scout troops are among those participating. “I have been coordinating this parade for years and people have always been so supportive of it. A lot of people want to march in it, and a lot of people want to watch it,” parade organizer Bobbie Andresen said.

     
  • Pension penalties drop, but some schools still owe over $100,000 May 18, 2014 8:33 AM
    Two of the largest suburban school districts paid six-figure penalties for giving pension-boosting pay hikes for retiring educators in the 2012-2013 school year, eight years after a state law was adopted to discourage schools from doing so. But another suburban school district, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, paid about $25,000 in penalties for the 2012-2013 school year — far less than the year before, when it paid nearly half a million dollars, according to records from the state's Teachers' Retirement System.

     
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