Articles filed under West Aurora Unit District 129

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  • West Aurora school trustee resigns Mar 4, 2014 4:20 PM
    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 5:18 PM
    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.”

  • West Aurora Dist. 129 settles sex abuse lawsuit Feb 4, 2014 6:51 PM
    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.

  • West Aurora district names ex-Oswego principal superintendent Feb 4, 2014 6:54 PM
    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.

  • Aurora parents can get FAFSA help tonight Feb 3, 2014 5:45 PM
    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.

  • Suburban events Saturday being canceled due to snow Feb 1, 2014 8:09 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.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in and around the Fox Valley aim to inspire Jan 14, 2014 3:28 PM
    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 1:40 PM
    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 1:47 PM
    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.

  • Suburban vets full of emotion as Moving Wall nears Nov 3, 2013 11:16 PM
    “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 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.

  • Images: Big Brother Winner Andy Herren Sep 19, 2013 4:42 PM
    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.

  • 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.

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