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  • District 86 reaches deal with teachers to avoid strike Oct 9, 2014 11:23 PM
    Just days before a possible strike, Hinsdale High School District 86 and its teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement.

  • Dist. 200 approves raises for classified employees Oct 9, 2014 5:49 PM
    More than 500 Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 employees will be getting a 1.5 percent salary increase this school year after the board of education approved a three-year contract with the Classified Employees Association Wednesday. According to district officials, the agreement eliminates the existing, traditional salary schedule. Instead, it ties salary increases to the consumer price index.

  • PTA sponsors blood drive Oct. 23 Oct 9, 2014 2:36 PM
    The Schaumburg Township Council of PTA’s is helping Heartland sponsor a blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 23. It will be held from 2:30-7 p.m. in the board room at the School District 54 Rafferty Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

  • Dundee Middle School gears up for 24-hour relay race Oct 9, 2014 5:32 PM
    Dundee Middle School will host its 13th annual Midnight Mile Oct. 17 and Oct. 18. The Midnight Mile is a 24-hour relay run challenge where Dundee Middle School students and parents are grouped into teams, with each running a one-mile leg of a continuous relay.

  • Canadian Brass in concert at Buffalo Grove H.S. Oct 8, 2014 4:04 PM
    High School District 214 students, parents and community members have the unique opportunity to see and learn from the one of the world’s most famous brass groups.

  • Dist. 220 to buy 33 acres near Barrington High Oct 8, 2014 9:27 PM
    The Barrington Area Unit School District 220 board entered into a contract this week to acquire more than 33 acres across Hart Road from Barrington High School. District officials say they have no immediate plans for the site, which is costing $2.35 million. “Such (real estate) needs did not appear in the budget approved last month, and that budget was characterized as challenging and tight,” one opponent said.

  • Dist. 207 administration building upgrades $161,850 over budget Oct 8, 2014 4:49 PM
    Maine Township High School District 207’s board has approved a renovation project at its new administration center and alternative school that is $161,850 over budget, officials said.

  • Elgin area veterans are needed for special video project Oct 8, 2014 12:42 PM
    Elgin area veterans are sought for a video that's now in production. The tribute video will feature stories, photos and memorabilia shared by local veterans.

  • Barrington Dist. 220 gives early support to all-day kindergarten Oct 8, 2014 10:43 AM
    The Barrington Area Unit School District 220 board gave its support Tuesday night for a plan that would offer tuition-based full-day kindergarten starting in the 2015-2016 school year. The board did not vote on the plan but directed staff members to continue to develop the program. According to the plan laid out by Linda Klobucher, the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, the full-day program would cost parents around $4,500 for the school year, or around $125 per week. The district offers a free half-day kindergarten program to all district students now. Under the proposed plan, two classrooms at each of the district elementary schools would be converted to suit the new full-day program. If each of the kindergarten classrooms was filled with full-day program students, then the half-day students would be bused to the district’s Early Learning Center at 40 E. Dundee Road in Barrington. Board President Brian Battle said declining district enrollment has given the district the classroom space to offer full-day kindergarten. Several board members expressed concern that if enrollment were to pick back up in the future, they would have to restrict or eliminate the new program. Board member Wendy Farley said the plan had her unconditional support. “I understand the possible future space constraints, but we’ve got the space now, so let’s go,” Farley said. “It is a well-thought-out plan and has a lot of options for a lot of different people.” Board member Richard Burkhart said he supported the plan but expressed concern that moving half-day students to the Early Learning Center would send the message to the community that the board didn’t value the neighborhood school motto. “The cohesiveness of the community starts there and ends there at graduation at Willow Creek. And I know I have friends that I found in kindergarten the first day,” Burkhart said. “You can’t put a dollar figure on that.” Superintendent Brian Harris said one variable that won’t likely be known until much later is the number of people who will enroll their child in the program. He said the plan has flexibility built in to it. Klobucher said if the interest exceeds the number of seats the district plans to have available next year, around 626 seats, they would implement a lottery system or first-come, first-served policy. Several members of the district’s kindergarten staff attended the meeting and most had smiles on their faces as they left the meeting. “The parents that I’ve talked to are really in favor of full-day kindergarten,” said Tim Gapp, kindergarten teacher at North Barrington Elementary School. This is the first of several discussions the board will have on the full-day kindergarten program before a final vote. Copies of the slideshow presented at the meeting and the memo outlining the plan are available on the district’s website.

  • Parent unhappy with U-46 after student brings BB gun to school Oct 8, 2014 6:07 PM
    Amid a parent’s concern of not being notified quickly enough, school officials said Wednesday they are investigating the circumstances involving a middle school student bringing a BB gun to Abbott Middle School in Elgin. The student invited two other students into the boys bathroom to show off the gun, and later threatened one of the students warning him to keep quiet about it, Elgin Area School District U-46 officials said. But Mike Holte, parent of one of the nthreatened boys said there no follow-up after the matter reported. “They were sent back to class as if nothing happened," he said.

  • Court upholds Dist. 214's firing of teacher who attacked son's molester Oct 9, 2014 2:14 PM
    An Illinois appeals court this week upheld Northwest Suburban High School District 214's right to fire a Rolling Meadows High School teacher who was arrested for attacking his son's molester. “We live in a society with rules and our system of justice requires everyone to respect the manner in which justice is dispensed," the court ruled.

  • Arlington Heights District 25 student approached by stranger Oct 7, 2014 11:07 PM
    A stranger pulled up to an Arlington Heights District 25 student on Tuesday and asked him if he wanted a ride home, District 25 Superintendent Lori D. Bein wrote in an email.

  • Student health and wellness center opens at Round Lake High School Oct 7, 2014 4:53 PM
    Lake County’s first student health and wellness center officially opened Tuesday at Round Lake High School with services including asthma help, physicals and contraception.Officials said Round Lake High’s student clinic is the 65th such operation in Illinois.

  • Roslyn Road dedicates new Outdoor Learning Center Oct 7, 2014 5:59 PM
    The new Outdoor Learning Center at Roslyn Road Elementary School was dedicated at a ceremony Monday night with the snip of a pair of oversized scissors held by Principal Paul Kirk and several Roslyn students. The new space features an outdoor classroom outfitted with chalkboards, benches and a overhead sun screen to shield learning minds from UV rays. “The goal is that the OLC will be used by all classrooms, for activities formal and informal, in order to bring a richer understanding and appreciation of our natural world,” Kirk said.

  • District 54 program helps parents learn how kids communicate Oct 6, 2014 5:25 PM
    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s Schaumburg Parent University and the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs is hosting a presentation Tuesday to help parents learn how children are using their phones and computers to communicate through text messages and social media. The presentation takes place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Keller Junior High School, 820 Bode Road in Schaumburg.

  • District 50 candidate petitions: Oct 6, 2014 5:19 PM
    Nominating petitions are available for three seats on the Woodland Elementary District 50 school board that will be filled at the April 7 election.

  • International Walk to School Day: Oct 6, 2014 5:18 PM
    Children from Lake Zurich Elementary District 95's Isaac Fox Ellementary School will participatre in International Walk to School Day oin Wednesday.

  • D214 expenditures need to be stopped Oct 6, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Debbie Papreck wonders why more District 214 residents aren't up in arms about the school board's recent decisions on spending excess tax money.

  • Retirement approved for controversial Batavia teacher Oct 7, 2014 5:33 AM
    John Dryden, the Batavia High School social studies teacher who got in trouble in 2013 over giving advice to students taking a survey on their behaviors, had his retirement approved by the Batavia school board Monday.

  • Conant students achieve perfect scores on ACT exam, Schaumburg student scores perfect SAT exam Oct 5, 2014 4:51 PM
    At its Sept. 18 meeting, the Board of Education honored four High School District 211 students for achieving a 36, the highest possible composite score, on the ACT exam. Additionally, one student from Schaumburg High School earned a perfect score on the SAT exam.

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