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Articles filed under West Aurora Unit District 129

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  • Aurora native hopes participation won't 'jeopardize' COD job Sep 20, 2013 12:47 PM
    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.

     
  • Veteran Luckinbill named W. Aurora H.S. parade grand marshal Sep 19, 2013 12:05 PM
    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 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.

     
  • Some schools sweating through heat wave without air conditioning Aug 27, 2013 5:30 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.”

     
  • 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.

     
  • D129 teachers start year with new contract Aug 20, 2013 4:18 PM
    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.

     
  • Aurora Dist. 129 sex abuse lawsuit moving foward Jun 28, 2013 3:37 PM
    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.

     
  • District 129 settles scalding tea lawsuit Jun 27, 2013 4:54 PM
    West Aurora District 129 has settled a lawsuit filed by the parents of a preschool aged, special needs boy who was severely burned in November 2011 when he pulled a cup of hot tea, which was brought in to class by a teacher, onto his face. The settlement for the family and the boy, who is now 5, was ordered sealed and kept confidential by a judge at the request of the school district.

     
  • Explore your creative side at Canvas and Cocktails Night Jun 27, 2013 11:51 AM
    Kevin Kuster, owner of Creator Gallery in North Aurora, doesn’t want to just display art. He wants you to come in and create your own. The gallery, which had a soft opening in late January, has launched Canvas and Cocktails Night, an art class with a twist. Recent class themes have included Warhol and Wine, Michelangelo and Margaritas, and Rembrandt and Rum.

     
  • West Aurora Dist. 129 superintendent retiring next year Jun 19, 2013 7:44 PM
    The superintendent of West Aurora School District 129 is retiring at the end of the 2014 school year, according to a board of education announcement on the district website. Jim Rydland has been superintendent of District 129 since July 2005.

     
  • 2012-2013 Fox Valley Academic Team Jun 7, 2013 9:17 AM
    Imagine getting straight A's in every class, all four years of high school. Now combine that with leadership, extracurriculars, and a desire to apply one's knowledge in a way that benefits others, and you've got the kind of student who gets named to the Daily Herald's 2012-13 Fox Valley Academic Team. "Success is not about how much money we make or how many square feet our houses are, but rather how many lives we can improve by helping others," writes Arjun Tambe of Illinois Math and Science Academy.

     
  • Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions Jun 7, 2013 10:32 AM
    2012-2013 Fox Valley academic team honorable mentions

     
  • Fate of charter appeal uncertain May 29, 2013 11:49 AM
    When Governor Pat Quinn signed a one-year moratorium on the establishment of new virtual charter schools into law, suburban administrators expected an end to the appeal process currently under way for one such school. But that may not be the case. Attorneys on one side argue the commission has a legal responsibility to complete the appeal while those on the other side say the commission no longer has authority to approve the virtual charter school. A decision is expected this week.

     
  • No prosecution of District 129 officials in abuse case May 22, 2013 5:15 PM
    The Kane County state's attorney's office announced Wednesday that it will not seek to prosecute any West Aurora District 129 officials for not reporting suspected sexual abuse to state authorities. A former band director was sentenced to 12 years in prison last year after pleading guilty to sexually abusing two of his students.

     
  • Former W. Aurora student drops lawsuit over expulsion May 6, 2013 4:51 PM
    A former West Aurora High School student, who sued the school district earlier this year arguing he was unfairly expelled after a teacher confiscated his phone in 2009, had decided not to fight the diistrict. An attorney for Alexander Contini voluntary dismissed the lawsuit, according to court records.

     
  • Celebrate Kane County educators at annual awards banquet Apr 30, 2013 6:34 PM
    The 38th annual Educator of the Year Awards Banquet will be Friday, May 3, at the Q Center, 1405 N. Fifth Ave. in St. Charles. This awards dinner provides an opportunity to honor outstanding members of the education profession in Kane County and promote the awareness of the quality education being provided in our schools. Special recognition is also given to those retiring from education this school year.

     
  • More evidence obtained in slaying of West Aurora student Apr 23, 2013 8:27 AM
    Search warrants recently included in court records in the Jan. 31 murder of Abigail "Aby" Villalpando show that authorities have recovered more evidence against the three men charged in her death. Some of the items include garbage bags with burned holes in them, a hammer and bloody clothing, according to search warrants in Kane County court records.

     
  • Enjoy an evening of jazz with W. Aurora boosters Apr 15, 2013 8:23 AM
    The West Aurora High School Band Boosters will host a dinner and an evening of jazz performed by the West High jazz bands at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora.

     
  • School pay raises trigger Illinois penalties Apr 15, 2013 1:19 PM
    Seven years after Illinois lawmakers passed a law intended to curtail big pension-boosting pay hikes for retiring educators, some local school districts still are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in penalties to the state for giving such raises. Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 paid nearly half a million dollars in penalties to the state in the 2011-2012 school year.

     
  • West Aurora High symphony to perform at SuperState festival Apr 8, 2013 9:14 AM
    The West Aurora High School Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at the 2013 University of Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival.

     
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