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  • Dist. 303 residents will pay more taxes in 2014 Dec 14, 2013 8:00 AM
    The largest portion of the tax bill in St. Charles will increase in 2014 as District 303 school board members approved a levy increase of about $3 million. The average increase to the owner of a $300,000 home will be about $295. Board member Jim Gaffney was the only "no" vote. He voted against it because he doesn't think now is the time to raise property taxes.

  • 2013-2014 Fox Valley Leadership Team Dec 13, 2013 8:34 AM
    The students named to the Daily Herald Leadership Team sometimes amaze even those who know them best. "I have never seen a student do what Sally did last year ... (she) organized an entire school and literally an entire community to hold a Relay For Life," writes Jonathan Young, a counselor at Central High School on behalf of his nominee, Sally Heyob. The 39 members of the 2013-14 Fox Valley Leadership team, both winners and honorable mentions, have that kind of drive in common.

  • 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.

  • St. Charles schools surveying parent satisfaction Dec 4, 2013 5:39 AM
    St. Charles Unit District 303 will unveil its new community satisfaction survey next week. The school board uses the survey to help develop policy and goals for the next school year.

  • St. Charles teacher wants collaborative effort in math Nov 22, 2013 11:26 AM
    Tina King is a sixth grade teacher at Wredling Middle School in St. Charles Unit District 303 who takes the fear out of math by focusing on life skills, not just fractions.

  • Mayor, city administrator visit Thompson Middle School Nov 13, 2013 1:09 PM
    St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina visits Thompson Middle School Wednesday to discuss how government operates.

  • Mom sues D303, family claiming her son was bullied Nov 6, 2013 7:09 PM
    A woman has sued St. Charles School District 303 and another family, arguing her son was bullied and injured during recess at Davis Elementary School. The lawsuit, filed recently in Kane County court, seeks unspecified damages and argues the two boys were supposed to be separated at all times but were let out for recess on Oct. 16, 2012, when one boy injured the other.

  • $1 million bail for St. Charles teacher in child porn case Oct 29, 2013 12:42 PM
    Bail was set at $1 million for A St. Charles middle school teacher iafter he was charged Monday with five counts each of possession and distribution of child pornography. Jerome McCauley, 45, a seventh-grade teacher at Wredling Middle School, has been placed on administrative leave. He has taught at the district for 19 years.

  • Wredling teacher faces child porn charges Oct 28, 2013 10:00 PM
    A St. Charles middle school teacher was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography Monday, said St. Charles District 303 Superintendent Donald Schlomann.

  • Legal fees focus of new St. Charles schools lawsuit Oct 16, 2013 5:41 PM
    St. Charles Unit District 303 will go back to court to fight against paying at least $160,000 in legal fees stemming from the Davis/Richmond grade level centers lawsuit. A new lawsuit seeks payment of the attorney's fees for the lawyer who represented the team of parents who sued the district over the creation of the grade level centers in 2011. The district says it did nothing wrong and won't waste tax dollars by paying off an attorney who sued them. The attorney says all the lawsuits regarding the grade level centers will go away if the district pays the fees.

  • St. Charles students post record ACT average, or do they? Oct 12, 2013 8:00 AM
    The most recent graduating class of St. Charles Unit District 303 high school seniors posted the highest ever ACT scores in the district. But the numbers still left some school board members with concerns. “The 2013 results start a new baseline, similar to what happened beginning in 2002 when Illinois began requiring all juniors in the state to take the ACT,” said District 303 Superintendent Don Schlomann.

  • Dist. 303 summit focuses on mental health Oct 1, 2013 8:11 AM
    St. Charles School District 303 officials review the action plan coming out of the most recent series of summit meetings, which attempted to address security gaps uncovered by the Sandy Hook shootings.

  • No restructuring for Davis, Richmond schools in St. Charles Sep 19, 2013 2:24 PM
    Davis and Richmond schools in St. Charles will remain grade level centers with the same staff as currently exists following a final judicial order in the lawsuit that sought to revert the buildings back to regular elementary schools. The district will right a new plan to help students labeled failing under No Child Left Behind laws and may have to offer school choice for the first time at Davis.

  • St. Charles school's status a question to be decided Sep 12, 2013 11:33 AM
    The grade level centers will stay in St. Charles Unit District 303, but a major restructuring is still possible. “The reconfiguration was not in and of itself unlawful,” Judge David Akemann said. “The district has the power to alter boundaries, but the alterations cannot remove the (No Child Left Behind) mandate. How those mandates are carried out is, and will remain, with the district.”

  • Suburban school closings due to heat today Sep 10, 2013 1:00 PM
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 in Naperville, St. Charles Unit District 303, West Aurora District 129 and Waukegan District 60 announced early dismissals or closings due to heat today.

  • Not a full victory for St. Charles Dist. 303 parents on grade centers Sep 4, 2013 7:41 PM
    A Kane County judge has ruled in favor of a group of parents seeking to undo the conversion of Davis and Richmond schools into grade level centers. However, the judge's order doesn't go so far as to specifically say undo the conversion. Instead, the order will require St. Charles Unit District 303 to develop plans for failing groups of students to succeed. Whether or not that is possible in the grade level centers will be a matter for debate when the two sides go back before the judge next week.

  • 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.

  • Dist. 303 Davis/Richmond lawsuit testimony concludes Aug 1, 2013 7:04 PM
    St. Charles Unit District 303's grade level centers may yet revert to elementary schools following intense cross examination of Superintendent Don Schlomann in a pending lawsuit Thursday.

  • ECC collecting school supplies for area students Jul 23, 2013 4:30 PM
    Last year the line formed at 3 a.m. for Elgin Community College’s school supply giveaway, which officially started at 10 a.m. By then about 4,000 people were waiting for the chance at backpacks filled with school supplies for their children. “It’s very bittersweet for us,” said Katie Storey, ECC’s student life coordinator. Organizers distributed more than 2,200 backpacks, but the event underscores how many families need help.

  • St. Charles school district plans deficit Jun 28, 2013 5:30 AM
    The St. Charles school board is poised to approve a budget that will spend nearly $500k more than the district will collect.

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