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  • District 129 settles scalding tea lawsuit Jun 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  Creator Gallery in North Aurora, a new photography and fine art gallery that recently opened, holds Canvas and Cocktails nights where guests can drink and paint at the same time.

    Explore your creative side at Canvas and Cocktails Night Jun 25, 2013 12:00 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 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Emily Alessio

    2012-2013 Fox Valley Academic Team Jun 7, 2013 12:00 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.

  • Laith Yasin

    Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions Jun 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    2012-2013 Fox Valley academic team honorable mentions

  • Fate of charter appeal uncertainMay 29, 2013 12:00 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.

  • James Rydland

    No prosecution of District 129 officials in abuse case May 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Abigail “Aby” Villalpando

    More evidence obtained in slaying of West Aurora studentApr 22, 2013 12:00 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.

  • Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 paid nearly half a million dollars in penalties to the state last year for awarding some employees raises higher than 6 percent in their final year before retirement, triggering higher pension costs.

    School pay raises trigger Illinois penalties Apr 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Enjoy an evening of jazz with W. Aurora boosters Apr 15, 2013 12:00 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.

  • West Aurora High symphony to perform at SuperState festival Apr 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    The West Aurora High School Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at the 2013 University of Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival.

  • West Aurora HOSA students shine at state conference Apr 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Health Occupations Students of America students from West Aurora High School earned 20 state championships recently at the state leadership conference. In all, 33 West Aurora students were national qualifiers; seven were elected to state offices and 102 finished in the top 10 in the state.

  • Local districts voting next week on online charter schools Apr 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    The organizers behind a proposed online charter school Friday released a 1,018-page answer to the questions posed by members of the 18 school districts that have to vote on the request. Several of the boards, including Geneva and Kaneland, are due to vote on the proposal as soon as Monday.

  • Endorsements: Bradford, Brown Dykstra, Ormond for West Aurora Unit District 129Mar 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald endorses Mark Bradford, Valerie Brown Dykstra and Neal Ormond for West Aurora Unit District 129 school board.

  • James Rydland

    Kane judge delays suit against West Aurora Dist. 129 Mar 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    A judge rules that a lawsuit filed against Aurora School District 129 Superintendent James Rydland and other school offiicals by a student who was sexually abused by a former band director should be put on hold the Kane County State's Attorney's Office conducts a criminal investigation.

  • Charles Hiscock was hired as the new principal of West Aurora High School March 4.

    West Aurora High gets a new principal Mar 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    West Aurora High School will have a new, permanent principal next school year, as the board hired Charles Hiscock Monday night. He will replace the school's two interim co-principals, who have supervised the school since the summer of 2011.

  • West Aurora Dist. 129 middle schools to dismiss early Tuesday Feb 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    West Aurora District 129 announced Monday its middle schools were dismissing students early on Tuesday because of the predicted snowstorm.

  • Abigail Villalpando

    Slain Aurora teen hit 7 times with hammer, reports showFeb 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Aurora police documents detail events that led up to the death last month of Abigail Villalpando, an 18-year-old senior at West Aurora High School. She was hanging out with two male friends Jan. 31 when one of the teens attacked from behind, hitting her seven times in the head with a hammer, documents show. Three men are charged in connection with the murder, the city's first since late 2011.

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