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  • 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.

     
  • Fred Heid will be District 300’s first Latino superintendent May 16, 2014 7:25 PM
    When Fred Heid takes the helm of Community Unit District 300 in early June, he will become the district’s first superintendent of Latino descent. Heid, 43, is bilingual and was born in Miami to a Colombian mother and a German-American father. He's coming to District 300 for a change. “Anybody who knows me knows that I’m truly passionate about teaching and learning. I’m not an office person.”

     
  • No charges after investigation of possible teacher-student relationship May 16, 2014 5:32 PM
    No charges will be filed in the investigation into a possible improper student-teacher relationship at Hampshire High School, police announced Friday. Authorities had obtained search warrants for the smartphones of an 18-year-old male student and a 23-year-old teacher.

     
  • All but 1 student in Jacobs prank to take part in commencement May 15, 2014 6:31 PM
    Since seven out of eight Jacobs High School students participating in a senior prank have promised to behave at Saturday’s commencement exercises, they are allowed to graduate with the Class of 2014, an official said Thursday. But one senior did not write the promise letter as requested, and will skip graduation for reasons unrelated to the prank, said Allison Strupeck, spokeswoman for Community Unit District 300.

     
  • Incoming Dist. 300 superintendent begins June 2 May 15, 2014 5:54 PM
    Fred Heid, the incoming superintendent for Community Unit District 300, was an early favorite for the top job in the Algonquin-based school district, an official said Thursday. "He’s a very self-confident man who is bilingual, which is very important to us and he is very much into academic improvement and he’s focused on student learning," school board member Joe Stevens said.

     
  • District 300 names new superintendent May 15, 2014 5:16 AM
    Community Unit School District 300 has tapped a Florida administrator as its next superintendent, a top official confirmed Wednesday night. Fred Heid, chief academic officer for Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida, will assume the helm at the sixth largest school district in Illinois, according to a memo board President Anne Miller sent to the district's staff.

     
  • 2 Dist. 300 students sue for injuries after inflatable slide tipped May 14, 2014 5:12 PM
    Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of two students who were injured at Algonquin Lakes Elementary School when an inflatable slide tipped over at a May 2013 year-end celebration.

     
  • Dist. 300 saving almost $1 million on administration building May 13, 2014 8:39 AM
    Community Unit District 300 officials have saved nearly $1 million in construction costs for an administration building some have derided as unnecessary. The projects combined will cost roughly $3.9 million, a figure officials said is $959,497 under the original budget. “It was a good day for the district,” said Chuck Bumbales, assistant superintendent of operations.

     
  • Jacobs seniors involved in prank must write letter before graduating May 13, 2014 6:27 PM
    Eight Jacobs High School students caught horsing around last week on a homemade Slip 'N Slide as a senior prank must write a letter to school administrators promising to behave at graduation. Only then will school officials determine whether they get to walk Saturday with the Class of 2014.

     
  • Prank could cause Jacobs High seniors to miss graduation May 9, 2014 4:24 PM
    A group of seniors from Jacobs High School are at risk of not graduating with the rest of their class after pulling a senior prank Thursday that involved setting up an improvised Slip 'N Slide in a hallway, officials said.

     
  • 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.

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

     
  • Dist. 300 explores how to pay for new offices May 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    Community Unit District 300 officials are weighing how to finance a new administration building if an expected $35 million to $60 million the state owes them doesn’t come through in time. Wednesday night, the finance committee discussed the merits of using debt certificates versus borrowing the money from within the district’s budget to cover the building. “If we don’t anticipate receiving that money by December, this is our backup plan,” Chief Financial Officer Susan Harkin said.

     
  • Parents back candy, movies at West Dundee school May 9, 2014 5:09 AM
    A West Dundee mom who complained about a teacher both giving out candy as a reward and showing noneducational movies during recess to students, including her daughter, is in the minority among parents who took a schoolwide survey on both issues. The survey found most parents supported the movies and felt treats were given out an appropriate number of times and as a result, Dundee Highlands Elementary School will not change its current practices.

     
  • Police probe possible student-teacher relationship at Hampshire High School May 7, 2014 9:07 PM
    Authorities are investigating a possible teacher-student relationship at Hampshire High School. Authorities have obtained search warrants for the phones of an 18-year-old from Gilberts and a 23-year-old female Spanish teacher. According to the search warrant, the teacher performed oral sex on the student at least twice in 2013 and provided him with test answers. Th teacher also admitted to police that she erased some data from her phone, the warrant said.

     
  • 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.

     
  • New early learning centers in suburbs help make Illinois a leader May 3, 2014 8:00 AM
    A wave of new, purpose-built early learning centers among suburban school districts stands as local evidence for the claim of experts and advocates that Illinois is a national leader in the field of early childhood education. “If you look at where you can be best invested to make a difference, preschool is one of the best investments you can make,” said Larry Joseph, research director for Voices for Illinois Children.

     
  • Mom from Morocco finds early childhood program invaluable May 3, 2014 8:00 AM
    Since she discovered Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s early childhood program, mother-of-two Housna Ghazoualine has found peace of mind in more ways than one. Not only has the program helped her older daughter, 5-year-old Zaynab Hakimi, with her English and other skills, but Ghazoualine has benefited from the social network that helped her overcome feelings of isolation after emigrating from Morocco.

     
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