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  • A look at the Fox Valley’s biggest news stories in 2013 Dec 26, 2013 10:31 AM
    The year 2013 saw at least a half dozen court cases across the Fox Valley came to an end, turnover in key political positions, progress on several construction projects and important property acquisitions. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair also made a trip across the pond to speak to a select group at Judson University and Batavia rejoiced when after more than 100 years its football team won the Class 6A state football championship. Those stories and the others that follow, had all of us talking.

     
  • Upwardly mobile: Geneva high schoolers get a look at city government workings Dec 5, 2013 1:22 PM
    Nearly 30 Geneva High School students got a behind-the-scenes look at the how things happen in Geneva's government. Quinn Falk, 15, says,“I’m not sure, but this may be a path that I go down,” after spending part of the morning with the Geneva police officers.

     
  • Geneva middle schoolers create anti-bullying video Nov 26, 2013 8:17 PM
    In recognition of Bullying Awareness Week, nearly 200 seventh-grade students from Geneva Middle School North filmed an anti-bullying video, which featured an original song performed to the tune of "Cups."

     
  • District 304 families invited to play chess Nov 25, 2013 8:01 PM
    All Geneva Unit District 304 students and families are invited to Geneva High School on Tuesday, Dec. 3, for Family Chess Night. Sponsored by the high school Chess Club, this fun opportunity for the whole family will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

     
  • Business, school leaders honored for service to Geneva Nov 12, 2013 6:20 PM
    Two women were honored Tuesday for their service to Geneva, receiving the Geneva Chamber of Commerce's annual Wood Award. Keeping the announcement secret from one of them, Jean Gaines, was a challenge due to her job: she's the longtime director of the chamber of commerce. The other, Mary Stith, has served for many years on the Geneva school board.

     
  • Geneva school board seeks tax hike, but not as much as it could Nov 12, 2013 10:30 AM
    The Geneva school district won't ask for quite as much property tax money as it could legally get, the board decided Monday. But taxpayers are still going to pay more, as the debt-repayment portion of their bill will rise to meet escalating bills.

     
  • Business, school leaders honored for service to Geneva Nov 12, 2013 10:47 PM
    Two women were honored Tuesday for their service to Geneva, receiving the Geneva Chamber of Commerce's annual Wood Award. Keeping the announcement secret from one of them, Jean Gaines, was a challenge due to her job: She's the longtime director of the chamber of commerce. The other, Mary Stith, has served for many years on the Geneva school board.

     
  • Geneva school board might set tentative property tax levy Nov 11, 2013 10:42 AM
    A look ahead to tonight's Geneva school board meeting during which the 2013 property tax levy will be discussed.

     
  • Geneva High School’s ‘The Princess Bride’ Nov 8, 2013 7:24 AM
    A beloved movie gets new life on the stage when Geneva High School presents "The Princess Bride" this weekend. "We have added so many different elements, I think the audience will feel they saw a fresh take on it," director Carrie Schafer of Batavia said.

     
  • District 304 settles lawsuit with former principal for $287,000 Nov 6, 2013 5:36 PM
    Geneva School District 304 has settled a four-year-old discrimination lawsuit with a former principal for $287,000. Margaret Pennington, a former principal at Heartland Elementary School, sued in June 2009, arguing she was underpaid given her 27 years of experience and unfairly assigned an administrative job after the district decided not to renew her contract.

     
  • How one Kane County school bucked the odds Oct 31, 2013 6:05 PM
    Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School Principal Laura Garland says there is no "magic solution" to improving students scores on state-mandated standardized tests. Just lots of hard work and attention paid to how individual students are doing, which is how Stewart School moved backin to the win column with its scores documented in the 2013 state report card.

     
  • Buy your wreaths to aid Geneva Music Boosters Oct 17, 2013 11:02 AM
    Geneva middle school and high school music students are now taking orders for a variety of wreaths, greenery and centerpieces.

     
  • After 17 years, Geneva band needs new threads Oct 16, 2013 10:20 AM
    New Viking blue coat? Check. Spiff sash? Check. Looking good while performing in the marching or concert bands at Geneva High School? Not priceless. At an estimated cost of $113,000, the Geneva school board is considering whether to pay some, all or none of the cost of replacing 17-year-oldmarching-band uniforms and outfitting the concert band.

     
  • New band uniforms to be discussed by Geneva school board Oct 14, 2013 11:06 AM
    The Geneva school board’s finance committee will discuss a proposal to buy new uniforms for the Geneva High School marching band. The committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Williamsburg Elementary School, 1812 Williamsburg Ave.

     
  • Kaneland elementary students could get hot-lunch program Oct 14, 2013 1:58 PM
    The Kaneland school district plans to discuss whether to start a hot lunch program at its elementary schools. The school board will discuss the matter when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kaneland Harter Middle School. Currently, hot lunch is offered only at Kaneland High School and Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove.

     
  • Geneva school officials rename headquarters to honor former superintendent Sep 28, 2013 6:36 PM
    About 70 people gathered Saturday to witness the Geneva school district honoring its past, as it renamed its headquarters for beloved former superintendent Harry M. Coultrap. The offices at 227 N. Fourth St. are now the Coultrap Educational Services Center. The renaming makes up somewhat for the district’s tearing down of Coultrap Elementary School this summer. School Superintendent Kent Mutchler stated, “His memory will truly live on in this school district.”

     
  • Settlement close in Geneva school discrimination case Sep 25, 2013 4:36 PM
    The Geneva school board Monday approved a settlement of the federal lawsuit a former principal filed against it.

     
  • School board approves $91.6 million budget Sep 24, 2013 10:38 AM
    The Geneva school board adopted its 2013-14 budget Monday.

     
  • 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.

     
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