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  • Batavia schools to seek short-term loan Mar 27, 2014 6:00 PM
    For the second year in a row, Batavia School District 101 will take out a short-term loan to cover a potential cash-flow dip in the last months of the fiscal year.

     
  • Not only did she move to Kodiak, Alaska, she became mayor Mar 26, 2014 1:44 PM
    Kodiak, Alaska, is a long way from Batavia, Illinois. But Pat Branson, who is in her second term as Kodiak's mayor, says growing up in Batavia gave her the foundation she needed to become a community leader.

     
  • Alice Gustafson PTO holds annual clothing, toy resale March 21, 22 Mar 11, 2014 4:30 PM
    The Alice Gustafson School PTO will host its annual Children’s Clothing and Toy Resale from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 21, for adults only, and 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22. The clothing and toy resale is a major fundraising event for the Alice Gustafson School PTO. Income from the sale will be used for educational programs, materials and equipment for the school’s students and staff.

     
  • Interest in Fox Valley robot competition skyrocketing Mar 8, 2014 7:24 PM
    By the end of the morning events at the Illinois VEX Robotics state championships, several members of four different teams had gathered around a monitor with a scrolling list of the standings. There was still a half-day worth of matches, but all the teams shared the same opinion of the team at the top of the heap at that point in the day. “Cobalt is awesome,” said one middle-school robot designer. Five other participants nodded their heads in agreement.

     
  • Batavia schools considering more staff, building work Feb 25, 2014 5:37 PM
    The Batavia school board is considering increasing staff and picking up the pace on capital projects with the increase in taxes expected from the outlet mall in Aurora.

     
  • New Batavia charity helping homeless kids go to school Feb 8, 2014 8:00 AM
    A new charity has formed in Batavia, after a mom learned of a homeless family riding bicycles every day from a shelter in St. Charles to attend school in Batavia. CHIP IN helps homeless and impoverished students with what they need to do well in school, be it a pair of gym shoes, a snack or transportation. “I did not know there were homeless people in Batavia,” organizer Joanne Spitz said.

     
  • Kane Co. to choose educator of the year at banquet Apr 30, 2014 1:59 PM
    The 39th annual Kane County Educator of the Year Awards Banquet will be held Friday, May 2. It will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. This awards dinner provides an opportunity to honor outstanding members of the education profession in Kane County and to promote awareness of the quality education being provided in our schools. Special recognition is also given to those retiring from education this school year.

     
  • Batavia drops out of online learning cooperative Jan 30, 2014 6:19 PM
    The Batavia school district is dropping out of the effort to create a multi-district online and blended learning cooperative.

     
  • Movin’ on up: Batavia grads make their mark on the world Jan 29, 2014 2:28 PM
    Not long ago, I spoke with Chris Burrichter, a 2004 graduate of Batavia High School. Burrichter had recently joined the prestigious law firm of Kirkland Ellis LLP in Chicago. “There were 50 new lawyers joining the firm in the Chicago office,” said Burrichter. “I looked around and there were two other new associates from Batavia; Billy Foster and Shane Mulrooney.”

     
  • Batavia schools consider online learning cooperative Jan 27, 2014 5:58 PM
    The Batavia school board Tuesday will decide whether to join an online and blended-learning cooperative with three other school districts. It will also learn what maintenance and construction work the district's building needs, including replacing the track at Batavia High School, as they are presented with the annual capital plan. Board members will also vote on whether to refund $31 million in bonds, to reduce interest costs.

     
  • Kane County officials encourage 17-year-olds to vote Jan 9, 2014 5:30 AM
    Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham unveiled a new push Wednesday to encourage 17-year-olds to register to vote. A new Illinois law paves the way for some of the youngest voters ever.

     
  • Batavia students named Illinois State Scholars Jan 6, 2014 1:23 PM
    Seventy-eight Batavia High School students are among nearly 19,000 students across Illinois that have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top 10 percent of high school seniors from hundreds of high schools across the state.

     
  • Batavia school board OKs levying all the tax possible, despite residents’ protests Dec 17, 2013 11:45 PM
    The Batavia school board unanimously decided Tuesday to ask for 13 percent more in property taxes for operations, hoping to get all it legally can from the addition of property value from the Aurora outlet mall and some nearby industrial properties this year.

     
  • Batavia school board bracing for crowd at tax meeting Dec 16, 2013 5:20 PM
    The Batavia school board is preparing to hear from a large crowd Tuesday when it votes on a property-tax levy with a proposed 13 percent increase. A website called lowerthelevy.com has been encouraging the board to keep the levy the same as last year's, which would shift more of the tax on to the outlet mall in Aurora. Its property taxes are finally available to the district after being locked up in a tax-increment financing district for 23 years.

     
  • Batavia elementary students collect record number of toys Dec 13, 2013 2:38 PM
    Students at Grace McWayne Elementary School in Batavia presented more than just the toys they collected to soldiers from the U.S. Marine Corps Friday morning. After singing their own version of the Marines' Hymn, they also presented them with letters of thanks as nearly every student in the building either shook a hand or high-fived the Marines.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Aurora outlet mall taxes should lower ours, Batavia school district residents say Nov 26, 2013 5:26 AM
    Batavia school officials are asking for 12.9 percent more in operating property taxes, to get all they can in the year the Aurora outlet mall is put on their books as new construction. But some district residents say keep taxes the same, shifting some of the burden off them and on to the mall. “It’s (the mall taxes) pure money, straight and simple. It’s icing on the cake,” Sylvia Keppel said.

     
  • It’s easy to be proud to be a Batavian this weekend Nov 25, 2013 7:56 PM
    This weekend, Batavia residents have two opportunities to show community support. On Saturday, Nov. 30, we can make the trip to DeKalb to support our football team. On Sunday, Dec. 1, we can head to the Celebration of Lights in downtown Batavia and support our musicians.

     
  • Batavia High gets ready for title football game Nov 25, 2013 12:33 PM
    Batavia High School is gearing up this week for its Class 6A state championship football game Saturday in DeKalb. There will be a pratice open to the public, a meet-the-players session, and some fun with Batavia Youth Football on Thanksgiving Day.

     
  • Batavia school board to discuss students’ homelessness Nov 19, 2013 10:45 AM
    The Batavia school board will learn about the district's homeless students, including the effects of homelessness on academic performance, at its Tuesday night meeting.

     
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