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  • New year begins to ‘Celebrate 203’ Aug 20, 2014 5:17 PM
    A new front entrance for one school, a renovated science lab for another and students ramping up toward all-day kindergarten at seven more schools marked the first day of class Wednesday in Naperville Unit District 203. District officials said they are beginning the year with a “Celebrate 203” theme to recognize developments including the availability of all-day kindergarten at all elementary schools, a new English and language arts curriculum and a new online learning consortium with neighboring Indian Prairie Unit District 304 and Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200.

     
  • Teachers return to work in District 211 Aug 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 teachers returned to school Tuesday for the first of two institute days before classes resume Thursday, Aug. 21.

     
  • Dist. 57 receives awards for communication efforts Aug 20, 2014 5:07 PM
    Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 has received two awards from the National School Public Relations Association for the district’s recent communications efforts, officials announced. The NSPRA gave District 57 the 2014 “Golden Achievement Award,” which recognizes efforts to inform the public in a cost-effective manner, and the 2014 “Award of Merit,” which recognizes the district’s electronic newsletter.

     
  • Buffalo Grove teacher paralyzed in motorcycle crash Aug 21, 2014 8:19 AM
    Popular Buffalo Grove High School science teacher Dave Fuglestad didn't return to his classroom Wednesday with everybody else. Instead, he is rehabbing after an Aug. 2 motorcycle accident that left him without the use of his legs - but determined to get back to BGHS.

     
  • Grant supports Glenbard Play 60 initiative Aug 19, 2014 8:48 AM
    The Midwest Dairy Council and the NFL awarded Glenbard High School District 87 a $16,000 grant to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative, thanks to the grant-writing efforts of the Glenbard District 87 Wellness Committee.

     
  • Editorial: Everyone has a stake in fighting truancy Aug 19, 2014 5:01 AM
    Parents, staff and the community must work together to ensure students are in school everyday and prepared to learn, a Daily Herald editorial says.

     
  • Indian Prairie board members factoring heat into budget Aug 19, 2014 3:04 PM
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 school board members have their eyes on the weather forecast as they prepare to approve their next budget because three "heat days" called for schools without air conditioning during the past two years caused the district to lose $750,000 in state aid. "If that happens again, we just continue to lose money," school board President Lori Price said.

     
  • Lake Villa school starts school year as home for kindergarten program in new district Aug 19, 2014 4:08 PM
    Just as it has since 1910, the school at Grand Avenue and Route 83 in Lake Villa teemed with students and teachers Tuesday. Joseph J. Pleviak Elementary School has received new life as the home of Round Lake Area Unit District 116's kindergarten program. Lake Villa Elementary District 41 left the school after the 2013-14 academic season. “This is a fun place to be,” District 116 Superintendent Constance Collins said while students filed past her into Pleviak’s gymnasium for an assembly.

     
  • U-46 criticized for paying parents $1,000 in minority leadership program Aug 19, 2014 8:33 PM
    A program that helps develop parent leaders from within the Latino and black communities of Elgin Area School District U-46 has come under fire from some district taxpayers. Dozens of U-46 parents and taxpayers primarily from Bartlett and Wayne packed Monday night’s school board meeting complaining about being overtaxed and about the district’s Hispanic and African American parent leadership institutes. Several speakers questioned why the district is paying parents $1,000 for participation in those programs.

     
  • Ex-Arlington Hts. PTA president charged with theft Aug 19, 2014 7:01 PM
    A former president of the South Middle School PTA in Arlington Heights is charged with stealing money from the group she was responsible for managing, officials said. Denise Hoppe, 48, faces felony charges of theft and forgery.

     
  • Long-standing D303 mold lawsuit could be over Aug 19, 2014 6:22 PM
    A lawsuit that dates back to a mold outbreak at St. Charles East High School 12 years ago may finally be over. St. Charles Unit District 303 school board members recently approved a $660,000 settlement with one of the insurance companies that paid out insurance claims to the district. The company has long believed it overpaid the district. The $660,000 represents the original amount that was in question 12 years ago. But because it doesn't cover any of the legal fees for the company, there's a chance for an appeal.

     
  • Mundelein High superintendent touts STEM expansion Aug 18, 2014 10:29 AM
    Mundelein High School officials aren't just talking about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education for today's youth. They're putting their money where their mouths are by planning a $23.6 million expansion dedicated to so-called STEM instruction. “It puts Mundelein up at the front of the pack,” said Superintendent Kevin Myers, who joined the district this summer. “To me, that makes it a point of pride for our community.”

     
  • B.G.H.S. natatorium open for business Aug 18, 2014 12:50 PM
    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 and Buffalo Grove High School celebrated the official opening of the school’s renovated swimming pool on Aug. 11. The new swimming area includes larger pool, more seating, concessions and upgraded bathrooms.

     
  • Mount Prospect elementary districts start year with new programs Aug 18, 2014 11:07 AM
    School opens this week in Mount Prospect's two elementary districts. Leaders of River Trails District 26 and Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 say that the ongoing transition to the Common Core will be a big part of the new year's educational approach.

     
  • Dist. 62 launches teacher development program Aug 18, 2014 6:21 PM
    Des Plaines Elementary District 62 will host a community event Tuesday to kick off the district’s new professional development program, D62 Teacher Leadership Corps. Officials say the program will train teachers about how to integrate educational technologies and digital media into classroom instruction.

     
  • Sanders confirmed as U-46 CEO Aug 19, 2014 1:21 AM
    After seven years serving as second in command, Tony Sanders says he is ready to take the helm at Elgin Area School District U-46. “I’m excited about it,” said Sanders, chief of staff for outgoing Superintendent José Torres. “This is the district that I put my own kids into.”

     
  • Evaluation ordered for Wheaton teen in harassment case Aug 18, 2014 4:23 PM
    One of two former Wheaton middle school students facing criminal charges in connection with the electronic posting of inappropriate images involving students and staff members has been ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation. Officials said Monday the evaluation will help determine the likelihood of the 14-year-old boy engaging in future sexual misconduct and to determine the future of the case against him,

     
  • District 118 board to honor former member Thomas A. Weber Sr. Aug 18, 2014 3:07 PM
    The Wauconda Unit District 118 school board will posthumously honor former member Thomas A. Weber Sr. this week. Weber, 65, of Wauconda, suffered a fatal stroke in May.

     
  • Laptops increase classroom tech in Dist. 204 Aug 19, 2014 1:14 AM
    As Indian Prairie Unit District 204 moves into the fourth year of its Bring Your Own Technology program often called BYOT, administrators are challenging educators to go “beyond BYOT.” “This year we’re looking to go beyond BYOT into the deep instructional practices that will set our teachers ahead in terms of using technology to improve instruction,” said Stacey Gonzales, director of instructional technology.

     
  • New CEO, superintendent, teacher deals in U-46 Aug 19, 2014 1:00 PM
    The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board Monday night appointed Kenneth Arndt as interim superintendent and Tony Sanders as chief executive officer for the school year that started Monday. Arndt will be paid $650 per day for a maximum of 100 days between Sept. 15 and June 30, per the contract. Sanders will be paid $210,000 for this school year.

     
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