Articles filed under Lombard District 44

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  • Kristina Lynch: Candidate Profile Feb 22, 2013 6:37 PM
    Candidate information for Kristina Lynch, running for Lombard District 44 School Board (4-year Terms)

  • Gayle Kankovsky: Candidate Profile Feb 22, 2013 6:37 PM
    Candidate information for Gayle Kankovsky, running for Lombard District 44 School Board (4-year Terms)

  • Scott Jenkins: Candidate Profile Feb 22, 2013 6:37 PM
    Candidate information for Scott Jenkins, running for Lombard District 44 School Board (4-year Terms)

  • Tony DelAlcazar: Candidate Profile Feb 22, 2013 6:37 PM
    Candidate information for Tony DelAlcazar, running for Lombard District 44 School Board (4-year Terms)

  • Suburban schools vague on 'healthy' snacks Dec 26, 2012 5:44 AM
    Snack policies in suburban schools tend to be vague, varying from classroom to classroom under wellness policies that may allow "healthy snacks" without defining "healthy." Schools also may fail to specify which ages of students are allowed snacks. But a Lombard mom challenged the system -- and won. "It is in the best interests of students to have a snack."

  • Butterfield School prepares for 82 new students after boundary change Aug 15, 2012 8:15 PM
    The number of students attending Butterfield School in Lombard Elementary District 44 will increase by 82 when school begins Aug. 27 as the result of a boundary change that administrators say helped balance class sizes between Butterfield and Manor Hill schools. Butterfield is expected to have 261 students at the beginning of the year, up from 179 last year, and Manor Hill Principal Rob Schulz expects fewer students than the 335 who attended last year. "Currently, we are down three classrooms from what we started with last year," Schulz said.

  • Lombard boy back home and having fun after heart transplant Aug 3, 2012 4:40 PM
    At 5 years old and a month removed from a heart transplant, Tim Grobart's days are filled with running around the house, building Legos or playfully battling his 8-year-old brother, Lou, with plastic light sabers and toy guns.A week after Tim left the hospital, his father says the childhood chaos and sibling warfare waging at the family's Lomard home is "blissful" compared with the past couple months of hospital stays, tests and the transplant itself.

  • Dist. 203, 204 offering choice for families at struggling schools Jul 31, 2012 10:48 PM
    Two of Illinois' largest and best-performing school systems are joining many other districts across the state this fall in offering families the choice to leave schools struggling to meet federal standards. Naperville Unit District 203 alerted families at Mill Street Elementary School earlier this week that they will be allowed to transfer to other district schools. Indian Prairie Unit District 204 will send letters Wednesday informing parents at Georgetown and Longwood elementary schools that they also will be given the choice to transfer because the two schools likely failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the third consecutive year.

  • Kids raise funds for Lombard heart patient Jul 28, 2012 4:45 PM
    For the past five years, 10-year-old Abby Glenzinski of Lombard has been one kid helping other kids, raising money with an annual summer Fun Fair for a charity that provides baby supplies. This year, she changed it up a bit. She decided to be one kid helping one other kid, a boy whose medical condition and successful surgery have been making headlines.

  • Butterfield school population, parking lot expanding Jun 13, 2012 5:08 PM
    The student population and the size of the parking lot at Butterfield School in Lombard Elementary District 44 both will be increasing come August.The school board on Tuesday approved a $182,845 contract to expand the parking lot in front of the school. "We're removing the old playground that's close to the street and making a turnaround for the preschool program so there is safe drop-off and pickup for the early childhood families," school board President Becky Kirsh said.

  • Stronger health requirements in Lombard lunch contract Jun 13, 2012 4:44 PM
    Whole grains, low-fat or fat-free salad dressings, dark leafy greens and more fresh fruits are among requirements of Lombard Elementary District 44's next food service contract that have some parents thinking lunches offered next year will be a bit more nutritious. The school board on Tuesday approved a one-year $671,300 contract with Arbor Management of Addison for breakfast and lunch services at the district's seven schools.

  • Lombard may allow gardening on vacant properties Jun 8, 2012 5:24 PM
    An idea of turning vacant properties in Lombard into temporary public garden plots took its first step forward with the village board giving preliminary approval to allowing native plants, flowers, fruits or vegetables taller than eight inches to be grown on vacant sites. "An interest in local, fresh food seems to be picking up a lot of steam and a lot of popularity in town lately," Trustee Laura Fitzpatrick said.

  • Lombard parents, Dist. 44 working toward better communication May 7, 2012 2:21 PM
    A group of parents unhappy with curriculum changes in store for next year at Westlake Middle School in Lombard Elementary District 44 now is working with district administration to improve communication for the future. We have supportive parents and we want them to feel in the loop, District 44 Superintendent Jim Blanche said. With this decision, clearly they felt left out.

  • Lombard parents want curriculum changes explained Apr 19, 2012 6:18 PM
    A group of Westlake Middle School parents is requesting a meeting with Lombard Elementary District 44 administrators to discuss curriculum changes to be implemented next year, including the removal of general music classes from the humanities program. The parents, many of whom have children who participate in choir, say they are dissatisfied general music wont be an option.

  • Lombard to consider residential use for golf course property Apr 13, 2012 12:09 AM
    The Lombard Village Board gave a housing developer some guidance Thursday night about whether a proposed residential development at the Ken-Loch Golf Links would be able to gain support. By agreeing to take a look at the village's comprehensive plan, which calls for the land to remain as open space, trustees effectively said "it'ss possible."

  • Lombard middle school making curriculum changes Apr 12, 2012 12:35 PM
    The decision to add extra foreign language classes and cut general music next year at Glenn Westlake Middle School was made to meet community needs and prepare students for high school, Lombard Elementary District 44 officials say. But parent Wendy Peca said she and others are unhappy with the choice to eliminate general music classes. "I don't accept that music is going away," she said.

  • District 44 adjusts boundary to balance class sizes Mar 21, 2012 4:38 PM
    A boundary change that drew almost 30 speakers to a Lombard Elementary District 44 school board meeting last month was approved Tuesday night in an anticlimactic fashion, school officials said Wednesday. The board listened to one speaker opposed to the change designed to balance class sizes between Butterfield and Manor Hill schools, then acted, voting 7-0 in favor of implementing the change.

  • ‘New rage' for students with autism: iPads Feb 28, 2012 11:41 AM
    Teachers of students with autism say it's the year of the iPad. The devices are being used more often for students with autism because of their ability to help nonverbal children communicate, their easy portability and the visual learning experiences they provide. “It's been the new rage this school year,” said Julie Zajac, with Giant Steps, a Lisle school for children with autism.

  • District 44 hears parents’ boundary concerns Feb 15, 2012 4:52 PM
    During the first school board discussion of a proposed boundary change in Lombard Elementary District 44, board members heard from about two dozen parents opposed to the shift and a handful of parents optimistic the change would provide more equitable learning opportunities.

  • Lombard schools discussing possible boundary change Feb 14, 2012 10:15 AM
    Boundaries deciding who attends which school in Lombard Elementary District 44 have not shifted in about 20 years, but the district now is proposing a change to the border between Butterfield and Manor Hill elementary schools to equalize class sizes between the schools. “I believe we have a situation that needs to be addressed to provide the equity that we should be guaranteeing,” Superintendent Jim Blanche said.

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