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  • Suburban schools moving finals to before holiday break Aug 26, 2014 5:00 AM
    Instead of making study guides and cramming for finals, Lily Moradi will spend winter break this year relaxing and enjoying time with her friends and family. Moradi, a senior at Barrington High School, is just one of thousands of students in the suburbs benefiting from a growing trend of school districts changing their schedules to place first-semester exams before, rather than after, winter break. “Now kids can finally have a stress-free vacation,” she said.

     
  • U-46 parent summit offers tools to better engage in child’s education Aug 21, 2014 8:01 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 will host a Parent Summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Larkin High School to educate parents of elementary school students about how to engage and participate in their child’s education.

     
  • The summer of 1914: Top news stories in Elgin Aug 21, 2014 4:10 PM
    What do gumball machines, saloons, race cars and doctors have in common? They were all among the top news stories in Elgin 100 years ago. Here's a look at the top headlines in the summer of 1914.

     
  • Editorial: Everyone has a stake in fighting truancy Aug 19, 2014 5:01 AM
    Parents, staff and the community must work together to ensure students are in school everyday and prepared to learn, a Daily Herald editorial says.

     
  • U-46 criticized for paying parents $1,000 in minority leadership program Aug 19, 2014 8:33 PM
    A program that helps develop parent leaders from within the Latino and black communities of Elgin Area School District U-46 has come under fire from some district taxpayers. Dozens of U-46 parents and taxpayers primarily from Bartlett and Wayne packed Monday night’s school board meeting complaining about being overtaxed and about the district’s Hispanic and African American parent leadership institutes. Several speakers questioned why the district is paying parents $1,000 for participation in those programs.

     
  • Sanders confirmed as U-46 CEO Aug 19, 2014 1:21 AM
    After seven years serving as second in command, Tony Sanders says he is ready to take the helm at Elgin Area School District U-46. “I’m excited about it,” said Sanders, chief of staff for outgoing Superintendent José Torres. “This is the district that I put my own kids into.”

     
  • New CEO, superintendent, teacher deals in U-46 Aug 19, 2014 1:00 PM
    The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board Monday night appointed Kenneth Arndt as interim superintendent and Tony Sanders as chief executive officer for the school year that started Monday. Arndt will be paid $650 per day for a maximum of 100 days between Sept. 15 and June 30, per the contract. Sanders will be paid $210,000 for this school year.

     
  • U-46 teachers approve new contract Aug 15, 2014 8:27 PM
    The U-46 school board is expected to vote Monday on a contract agreement for 2014-17 with the Elgin Teachers Association, officials say. The roughly 2,500 association members approved the agreement Friday; the vote was 1,292 in favor of the 2014-17 while 587 opposed it, according a news release from the district.

     
  • Elgin school named for first black principal, administrator Aug 16, 2014 12:01 AM
    Sheridan Elementary School is no more. The Elgin school has officially changed its name to Ronald D. O’Neal Elementary School in honor of the district’s first black principal and administrator. Officials hosted a back-to-school BBQ and renaming ceremony Friday at the school, located at 510 Franklin Blvd.

     
  • Elgin High students join global movement to save trees Aug 15, 2014 12:49 PM
    Elgin High School students will join a global movement to educate people about the importance of saving trees and biodiversity on Aug. 23. Students will conduct ecological educational activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., including burning brush piles and dead ash trees and cleaning up the trail that runs along the roughly 40 acres of natural areas adjacent to the school. They also will tie red forestry tape on trees throughout the school property to raise awareness about their ecological impact.

     
  • Elgin U-46 putting Arndt, Sanders at the helm for now Aug 14, 2014 9:15 PM
    On Monday, the Elgin Area School District U-46 board is expected to appoint Kenneth Arndt as interim superintendent, while Tony Sanders, chief of staff for outgoing Superintendent José Torres, will take on the role of chief executive officer. “I have informed the District 300 superintendent (Heid) that I plan on resigning effective Sept. 12,” said Arndt, 59, of Algonquin.

     
  • Elgin school’s new name official at back-to-school barbecue Aug 13, 2014 2:49 PM
    Sheridan Elementary School will host a renaming ceremony on Friday, Aug. 15, to commemorate its new name — Ronald D. O'Neal Elementary School. The school is being renamed in honor of the district's first African-American administrator.

     
  • U-46 board seeking interim to replace Torres Aug 12, 2014 5:30 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 officials have been mum about plans to replace outgoing Superintendent José Torres. The school board met behind closed doors Monday night to discuss options for bringing someone on board to lead the district for the 2014-15 school year. “We’re just looking for an interim,” school board President Donna Smith said. She added, the search for a successor will take much longer and won’t likely happen immediately.

     
  • Elgin science teacher uses nature to engage students Aug 12, 2014 1:22 PM
    She’s the 2014 Environmental Educator of the Year and her work with students has been featured in two PBS documentaries. Deb Perryman has received many accolades in her 24-year teaching career. What’s the secret to her success with students? “I’m always looking for a way to go outside of a book, looking for a way to bring in the real world,” said Perryman, who has taught biology and environmental science at Elgin High School for nearly 21 years.

     
  • Elgin teachers to vote on new contract Friday Aug 12, 2014 7:42 PM
    The Elgin Teachers Association representative assembly has approved a tentative agreement on a new three-year teacher’s contract. The current contract for Elgin Area School District U-46 teachers expires Aug. 18. The proposed new contract runs through the 2016-2017 school year. It spells out a base salary increase of 1.5 percent in the first year. The union membership will vote on the tentative agreement Friday.

     
  • U-46 teachers urge district to reconsider breakfast program Aug 11, 2014 1:15 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 teachers are trying to revive a program that provides students with a free breakfast in their classrooms at the start of the school day. District leaders discontinued the Breakfast in the Classroom pilot program in June, saying it cut into instruction time.

     
  • U-46 launches campaign to improve attendance Aug 11, 2014 9:06 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 has launched a campaign to improve student attendance rates. Student attendance for the 2013-14 school year was at 94.3 percent. On average, 1,949 students are missing from district classrooms each day. The “I’m Here! ¡Aquí estoy!” messaging campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of staying in school. The goal is to increase the district attendance rate to 98 percent, officials said.

     
  • Parent volunteers needed for U-46 leadership events Aug 7, 2014 12:39 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 is looking for qualified parent volunteers to join the 2013-14 African-American Parent Leadership Institute or the Hispanic Parent Leadership Institute.

     
  • ECC to give backpacks full of help to needy students Saturday Aug 7, 2014 5:30 AM
    Elgin Community College and its partners will give away thousands of backpacks with school supplies and food to students in need Saturday during the college’s fifth annual Project Backpack. "There is still a great need (within) the school districts in our area, between homeless students and the students in need," Katie Storey of ECC said.

     
  • U-46's Torres excited about IMSA's vision Aug 5, 2014 9:58 AM
    “IMSA's (vision) is pretty exciting ... and that is to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds to advance the human condition," said outgoing Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent Josť Torres, who spoke with the Daily Herald about why he is leaving the state's second-largest school district to head the state-funded boarding school focused on STEM education. A Q&A and video.

     
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