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  • Elgin High teacher lauded for reviving theater program Sep 20, 2014 1:07 PM
    In her three years teaching at Elgin High School, Jessica Vaillancourt has revived the school’s performing arts program from virtual nonexistence. For her efforts to rebuild the program, Vaillancourt has been named Illinois Outstanding Young Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association, the state’s largest professional group for theater, speech, debate, and communications teachers.

     
  • Former teacher files discrimination lawsuit against U-46 Sep 17, 2014 5:39 PM
    A former bilingual teacher is suing Elgin Area School District U-46 for racial discrimination based on national origin, according to court documents. Fernando Orozco of Round Lake Beach, says he was fired from Kimball Middle School in Elgin in May without cause or justification by the school’s principal, Alan Tamburrino, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court.

     
  • Judson seeks submissions for faith-based film festival Sep 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    Judson University in Elgin is accepting film submissions for the 11th annual Imago Film Festival to be held March 24-28. The festival showcases independent films dealing with faith issues and emphasizing image and story.

     
  • Some U-46 residents say no to higher taxes, expenses Sep 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Several Elgin Area School District U-46 taxpayers, largely from the DuPage County portion of the district, complained of higher tax bills and rising expenditures during a public hearing on the proposed 2015 budget Monday night. Helen Leopold of Bartlett said her taxes increased by $800 last year and $1,200 this year. “I’m now (paying) over $13,000,” she said. “We just can’t afford it. You are forcing us out of our homes.”

     
  • Overcharged taxpayers speak out at Bartlett meeting Sep 11, 2014 4:52 AM
    Property taxpayers in northwest DuPage County who have been overcharged aired their frustration Wednesday night before state and local officials in Bartlett. State law requires the adjustments to be made the following tax cycle. “That just really doesn't seem fair to me,” said Paul Bertolini, of Bartlett. “… I don't trust government to give me what I'm due.”

     
  • U-46 seeks volunteers for advisory council Sep 9, 2014 1:01 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 is seeking parent and community volunteers to serve on the Citizens’ Advisory Council. For more than 50 years, the council has served in an advisory capacity helping the U-46 school board and administration review policies and programs.

     
  • U-46 officials projecting higher revenues, expenses Sep 7, 2014 7:50 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 is projecting $20 million more in revenues in fiscal year 2015, and a rise in expenditures by $13 million, officials said this week. The district’s administration is proposing a $488 million budget of expenditures for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Revenues are anticipated at $487.7 million, essentially making it a balanced budget. A public hearing on the proposed budget is planned for 7 p.m. Sept. 15 before the regular school board meeting. The board is expected to adopt the budget Sept. 29.

     
  • 4 suburban students’ film on toddler with cancer headed to NYC Sep 6, 2014 7:30 AM
    Four South Elgin High School seniors are finalists in the All American High School Film Festival in New York City next month. The students produced a seven-minute film, “All About M.E.,” about Matthew Erickson, a 2-year-old boy who was born with brain cancer. “(The film) was a huge deal and it was really cool, but we didn’t expect anything out of this project when we did it,” Cosette Teschke said.

     
  • School nurse is parents’ partner in health care Sep 5, 2014 6:01 AM
    Toward the beginning of Sherrie Schmidt’s career as a school nurse, she recommended a parent take her daughter to an optometrist after the kindergartner failed a vision screening. The parent returned a couple weeks later, nearly in tears, and hugged Schmidt.

     
  • Northwest suburban high schools make Daily Beast list Sep 4, 2014 4:53 PM
    Barrington, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove and Rolling Meadows high schools have been named to The Daily Beast’s list of top high schools for 2014.

     
  • Free cardiac screenings are saving young lives Sep 3, 2014 1:01 PM
    Elgin High School Principal Jerry Cook is on a mission to ensure all 2,500 Elgin High students have an opportunity to be screened for signs of heart problems this month. “We’re very excited to bring the Young Hearts for Life electrocardiogram screening to all students,” says Cook.

     
  • U-46 still filling administrative, support staff vacancies Sep 3, 2014 5:28 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 officials are still interviewing candidates to fill a few administrative vacancies, including a fine arts coordinator and special education director. While more than 130 new teachers were hired this school year, the district still needs dozens of support staff a week after the start of classes. The goal is to fill the vacancies by month end.

     
  • Mass dousing at Streamwood High School Aug 29, 2014 5:53 PM
    About 400 Streamwood High School students and teachers were doused by Streamwood firefighters in ladder trucks Friday as they accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued to them by Principal Terri Lozier.

     
  • U-46 says goodbye to Torres Aug 29, 2014 6:45 PM
    It was the official send off Friday for Superintendent Jose Torres, who is leaving Elgin Area School District U-46 to take over at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora. Members of the school community waited in line to talk to Torres and send him off with their best.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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