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  • Ira Lathan of Aurora is the new member of the West Aurora District 129 school board.

    Aurora man to fill vacancy on Dist. 129 boardApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Aurora man has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the West Aurora District 129 school board. Ira Lathan, a former mathematics teacher, takes over for Angela Smith, who resigned in March.

  • District 129 parents can learn about STEM schoolMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    West Aurora Unit District 129 parents who are interested in enrolling their children in the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School are invited to attend a parent information meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the West Aurora High School cafeteria in Aurora.

  • Angela Smith

    West Aurora school trustee resignsMar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    The West Aurora school board needs a new member, after Angela Smith resigned Monday. Smith said responsibilities at her job were taking up more of ther time.

  • Attorney: Victim in West Aurora sex abuse lawsuit showed courage Feb 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    A former West Aurora High School student who sued West Aurora District 129 for not protecting her from sexual abuse at the hands of a band teacher and failing to report suspicions to state officials has shown a tremendous amount of courage, her attorney said. “I just feel great that my client had enough courage to stand up and participate in civil proceedings and the criminal case.”

  • Jeffrey Craig

    West Aurora district names ex-Oswego principal superintendent Feb 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    The West Aurora school board chose a replacement Monday for Superintendent Jim Rydland, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Jeffrey Craig, who used to be the principal at Oswego East High School, will start a transition to the district this week.

  • Dan Bridges

    West Aurora Dist. 129 settles sex abuse lawsuit Feb 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    A confidential settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a former West Aurora High School student who was sexually abused by a former band director. The girl, identified only as Jane Doe, sued District 129, Superintendent Jim Rydland and former principal Dan Bridges for failing to protect her and report suspected abuse to DCFS. The matter prompted the Kane County state's attorney's office to enter into a five-year deferred prosecution program requiring all current and new district staff to be trained in their mandated reporting duties.

  • Aurora parents can get FAFSA help tonight Feb 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Aurora area high school seniors and their parents can receive assistance in filling out the standard college financial aid application known as FAFSA from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5. It stands for “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” because it is filed with the U.S. Department of Education, but most state-sponsored and college-sponsored aid requires the same application.

  • Wind blows snow across Plank Road just East of Route 47 Thursday. The snow forecast for Saturday is leading some event organizers not to chance it.

    Suburban events Saturday being canceled due to snow Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    With a major winter storm looming Friday night, many local events planned for Saturday were being canceled. Among the cancellations announced Friday afternoon were the IHSA cheerleading sectional competitions, which have been moved to the same time Sunday in Grayslake and Rolling Meadows.

  •  Plemon T. El-Amin, Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in and around the Fox Valley aim to inspire Jan 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    A great leader deserves to be honored and remembered. Here’s where you can find Martin Luther King Jr. events in and around the Fox Valley.

  • W. Aurora High selling ‘Believe’ CD to support music programs Jan 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    West Aurora High School is now selling the CD “Believe” that combines talents of the school’s top choir and band with county music recording artist Ricky Lee. All proceeds from the sale of the $10 CD will be used to support the fine arts programs of West Aurora through the Christopher Patterson Memorial Foundation.

  • District 129 bands to perform winter concerts Dec 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    West Aurora Unit District 129 student musicians will perform in four winter concerts Dec. 9-12. All concerts will feature a mix of traditional band repertoire, as well as some holiday favorites.

  • More than 300,000 visitors are expected to visit The Moving Wall during its four-day stay in Aurora that begins Thursday morning. The memorial will remain in Aurora through Veterans Day.

    Suburban vets full of emotion as Moving Wall nears Nov 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    “Brushed aside,” no more, Aurora veterans say this week's arrival of The Moving Wall will be a happy day of remembrance throughout the city.The wall, a three-fifths-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will rise Thursday morning in the practice soccer fields at West Aurora High School and remain in place through Veterans Day. Also on display will be the Illinois Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial, a model of the World War II memorial and Aurora's Healing Field of Honor.

  • Aurora native Andy Herren won season 15 of CBS' “Big Brother.”

    Aurora native hopes participation won't 'jeopardize' COD job Sep 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    An Aurora native and part-time College of DuPage professor — and now reality TV show winner — says he can't wait to get back home after spending three months with strangers in a secluded house as part of the CBS show “Big Brother.” Andy Herren, 26, was announced winner Wednesday night of season 15, in perhaps the series' most controversial season yet.

  •  Andy Herren wins BIG BROTHER, Wednesday, September 18.

    Images: Big Brother Winner Andy Herren Sep 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Images of part-time College of DuPage professor — and now reality TV show winner — Andy Herren of the CBS show “Big Brother.” He bested 15 housemates in taking home the winning $500,000 prize.

  • Veteran Luckinbill named W. Aurora H.S. parade grand marshal Sep 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Military veteran Herschel Luckinbill is working tirelessly to make Aurora the most patriotic city in America come this November, but on Thursday, Sept. 26 he himself will be the center of attention as the grand marshal of the West Aurora High School Homecoming parade.

  • Suburban school closings due to heat today Sep 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  Fatima Alvarez, 8, sweated it out in the third grade at Mark Twain Elementary School in Wheeling on Monday.

    Some schools sweating through heat wave without air conditioningAug 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    With the heat index inching closer to 100 degrees this week, students in some suburban schools are trying to keep cool without the benefit of air conditioning in the classroom. “It is a bit of a distraction because you’re trying to get your school year going,” said Mary Pat Johnson, of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School in West Dundee. “But there’s nothing you can do.”

  • Brian Hill/ Roger and Allyson Brewer walk hand in hand with their daughter Anya, 7, who was on her way to her first day of second grade at Davis Primary School in St. Charles Wednesday.

    New principals, new starts in Fox ValleyAug 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  • D129 teachers start year with new contract Aug 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    West Aurora school district teachers will start classes Wednesday with a new contract. There's no increase in the base salary schedule, but teachers will have a voice in deciding how to allocate money for coaches and extracurricular sponsors at the middle and high schools.

  • James Rydland

    Aurora Dist. 129 sex abuse lawsuit moving foward Jun 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Attorneys for a girl who is suing Aurora School District 129 and two superintendents arguing they turned a blind eye to a high school band director’s inappropriate behavior with studednts may now review emails, district memos and schedule depositions of school employees.

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