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  • Geneva school eyes applying $5 million surplus to debt Sep 11, 2013 5:59 PM
    Should the Geneva school district continue to use education fund excess to make debt payments? Should it levy less for operating taxes, to avoid having such a surplus? The board's finance committee reviewed these options this week at its annual presentation about what to do about the district's outstanding debt.

     
  • Geneva superintendent gets raise, extra in annuity Aug 30, 2013 6:10 PM
    The Geneva school board has again extended Superintendent Kent Mutchler's contract, this time to June 30, 2018. And he gets a 2.5% raise.

     
  • Overheated fan prompts brief evacuation at Geneva High Aug 22, 2013 4:22 PM
    An overheated fan caused smoke to enter the gymnasium at Geneva High School, prompting a brief evacuation of students and staff at 2 p.m. Thursday. The students returned at 2:30 p.m., just in time for 2:45 p.m. dismissal. No injuries were reported and school officials said the evacuation went very smoothly.

     
  • New principals, new starts in Fox Valley Aug 21, 2013 6:36 PM
    The leadership lineup was shuffled a bit for St. Charles schools, which opened Wednesday. Five schools got new principals. They are St. Charles North, with Audra Christenson; Haines Middle School, with Pam Jensen; Thompson Middle School, with Tim Loversky; Wredling Middle School, with Stephen Morrill; and Anderson Elementary, with Patricia Gonzalez.

     
  • Geneva thinking again about all-day kindergarten Jul 23, 2013 10:56 AM
    Geneva public schools are again studying whether to offer all-day kindergarten. "I would like us to pursuit this aggressively. I think it is way past the time that we do this," said school board member Kelly Nowak.

     
  • Geneva schools might increase driver education fees by $100 Jun 25, 2013 2:27 PM
    Geneva schools are seeking permission to charge up to $450 for driver's education, $100 more than the fee charaged now. The district's current five-year waiver from the state-regulated fee expires at the end of next school year.

     
  • Suburban districts spend $320,800 opposing online charter school plan Jun 17, 2013 11:02 AM
    The appeal process for a proposed suburban virtual charter school was cut short last week — but not before 18 suburban school districts spent more than $320,800 in legal fees fighting the issue. Not to mention the hundreds of hours school staffs spent researching the proposal, officials say.

     
  • Geneva school items put to good use in Aurora, Elgin Jun 11, 2013 5:08 PM
    The Geneva school district managed to raise a little cash with auctions of items from Coultrap School in April, to put toward the demolition of the building. And what it didn't sell, it gave to three grateful schools in Aurora and Elgin.

     
  • Geneva schools consider increase in education fund spending Jun 10, 2013 11:39 PM
    The Geneva school district is tentatively proposing to spend $58.26 million in its education fund in the fiscal year that starts July 1, 2.89 percent more than it plans to spend this year.

     
  • Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions Jun 7, 2013 10:32 AM
    2012-2013 Fox Valley academic team honorable mentions

     
  • 2012-2013 Fox Valley Academic Team Jun 7, 2013 9:17 AM
    Imagine getting straight A's in every class, all four years of high school. Now combine that with leadership, extracurriculars, and a desire to apply one's knowledge in a way that benefits others, and you've got the kind of student who gets named to the Daily Herald's 2012-13 Fox Valley Academic Team. "Success is not about how much money we make or how many square feet our houses are, but rather how many lives we can improve by helping others," writes Arjun Tambe of Illinois Math and Science Academy.

     
  • Fate of charter appeal uncertain May 29, 2013 11:49 AM
    When Governor Pat Quinn signed a one-year moratorium on the establishment of new virtual charter schools into law, suburban administrators expected an end to the appeal process currently under way for one such school. But that may not be the case. Attorneys on one side argue the commission has a legal responsibility to complete the appeal while those on the other side say the commission no longer has authority to approve the virtual charter school. A decision is expected this week.

     
  • Tips from a great teacher May 13, 2013 7:12 AM
    Tips from a great teacher: Al Ochsner's advice

     
  • Al Ochsner, in the words of his students May 15, 2013 9:41 AM
    What students have to say about Al Ochsner

     
  • Second career a serendipitous fit for Geneva art teacher May 13, 2013 7:18 AM
    Being a teacher wasn't Al Ochsner's initial career choice. He followed a dream, making a living as a professional artist. But in middle age, the single father of two needed some extra income and took a gig as a substitute teacher at Geneva High School. He fell in love with teaching. Now, at age 52, he is doing it full-time. "This is a job I look forward to coming to," he said. "This is a really cool place."

     
  • Celebrate Kane County educators at annual awards banquet Apr 30, 2013 6:34 PM
    The 38th annual Educator of the Year Awards Banquet will be Friday, May 3, at the Q Center, 1405 N. Fifth Ave. in St. Charles. This awards dinner provides an opportunity to honor outstanding members of the education profession in Kane County and promote the awareness of the quality education being provided in our schools. Special recognition is also given to those retiring from education this school year.

     
  • Geneva Dist. 304 conducts emergency response drill Apr 26, 2013 5:18 PM
    The Geneva school district conducted an emergency drill Friday at Geneva Middle School South to test the readiness of school workers, Delnor Hospital and police and fire departments.

     
  • Asbestos removal, demolition contracts for Coultrap OK’d Apr 25, 2013 11:28 AM
    The Geneva school board has approved contracts for asbestos removal from, and demolition of, the former Coultrap School.

     
  • Geneva mourns loss of school counselor 'Chic' Williams Apr 25, 2013 5:55 AM
    Charles "Chic" Williams touched a lot of Genevans lives as a teacher, coach, high school dean, but especially as a counselor for youths in trouble. He died this week.

     
  • Different Geneva school for Batavia kids in the fall Apr 23, 2013 5:15 AM
    Despite parents' protests, the Geneva school board is moving children from a Batavia neighborhood out of Williamsburg Elementary and over to Western Avenue Elementary in the fall.

     
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