Monday, April 29, 2013
School board members critical of proposed agreement to have District 303 spend up to $250,000 of the costs of installing traffic lights, other measures at Red Gate Road and River Ridge Drive.
Representatives of the city and St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 expect to meet this week to revisit the details of a proposed agreement to split the $500,000 cost of installing traffic lights and other improvements to the Red Gate Road entrance to St. Charles North High School. Early this month, the St. Charles City Council approved the intergovernmental service agreement to install traffic lights and turn lanes at the entrance to St. Charles North High School along Red Gate Road. But members of the District 303 Board of Education Business Services Committee red-flagged the agreement last Tuesday, instructing the administration to sit down with the city to continue discussions of the agreement. The agreement approved by the …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Summit 303: Mental Health a Key to School Security is the third of four such meetings and will be held at t 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Little Theater at St. Charles East High School.
St. Charles Rotary and School District 303 tout “Ducky Derby” to benefit students
Saturday, April 27
Thousands of yellow rubber ducks will fall like rain from the Illinois Street Bridge over the Fox River in St. Charles in June as part of a fundraiser to benefit local students. The “Ducky Derby” is scheduled at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 9, during St. Charles' RiverFest, and is an event being promoted by the St. Charles Noon Rotary Club and St. Charles Community Unit School District 303. Organizers hope to make the Ducky Derby an annual fundraiser. The event has been several months in the planning by Noon Rotarians, District 303 educators and students. Racing rights to each of the numbered ducks will be sold for $5. Then, several thousand bright yellow ducks will be dropped into the Fox River, beginning a ace toward the finish line. Typically in…
Friday, April 26, 2013
District 303 sent over a dozen high school students to the 36th Annual Illinois Drafting Educators Association drafting and design competition and two of those students earned state champion honors.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
St. Charles two high schools ranked in the top 50 out of 667 Illinois high schools, according to the annual list published by U.S. News and World Report.
St. Charles Community Unit School District 303’s two high schools ranked among the top 50 public high schools in the state, according to annual rankings published Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report. St. Charles North High School, 255 Red Gate Road, was ranked 21st out of 667 public high schools in Illinois, and St. Charles East High School, 1020 Dunham Road, was ranked 39th by U.S. News and World Report, which included them among the nation’s top 1,000 high schools. District 303 trumpted the 2013 rankings, noting in a press release this is the second year in a row that both of its high schools ranked among both the Top 1,000 high schools nationwide and the Top 40 in Illinois by U.S. News and World Report. “What is important about these …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
One of three re-elected to the St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 Board of Education outlines her plans for the coming term.
The newest member-elect of the St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 Board of Education said in an email last week that he is ready to step into the position, while one of the three re-elected board members said she looks forward to her continued service to the district. “As I mentioned prior to the election, my primary objective is get accurate information to the parents and taxpayers in a timely manner as decisions are being contemplated,” board member-elect Edward McNally wrote in an email to St. Charles Patch after last Tuesday’s election. “I want them to have adequate time to consider items being put up for a vote, so they can express properly informed views to their representatives on the board.” Corinne M. Pierog was one of…
Friday, April 12, 2013
A state House committee has advanced a measure crafted by state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, to put a one-year moratorium on virtual online learning proposals to local school districts.
A one-year moratorium on the creation of virtual online charter schools is making its way through the Illinois General Assembly. After school boards from around the Fox Valley area voted this week to deny Virtual Learning Solutions' K12 Inc. admittance to their curriculum, state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, is crafting legislation that would stop the online learning proposals for up to a year, according to the Kane County Chronicle. The moratorium would give the state more time to study virtual online learning and its effects on education. The legislation, which is co-sponsored by state Rep. Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville, passed Chapa LaVia’s House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee this week, and soon could make its way to the …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 may reconsider app next year.
If you got your hopes up after hearing the school district was considering developing a smartphone app as a way for parents, students and and taxpayers to keep connected, don’t hold your breath. It may not happen for another year or so. The administration’s proposal to develop the app, at a cost of $65,250 over the three-year contract, failed to muster the votes needed to pass during Monday night’s board of education meeting. Some board members questioned the cost for the proposal. Superintendent Dr. Donald Schlomann told the board that the app reflects society’s increasing desire for instant satisfaction. He told the board this might not be the right time to develop the app, but that the administration wanted to present it to the board as…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Newcomer to join incumbents on St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 Board of Education.
The St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 Board of Education will seat a new member in the weeks after Tuesday’s consolidated election. District 303 voters on Tuesday night re-elected frontrunner Corinne M. Pierog and fellow incumbents Steven L. Spurling and James Gaffney. New to the board is Edward McNally, an educator who with 2,999 votes finished the race in the No. 2 spot, according to unofficial tallies. Pierog finished in No. 1 with 3,216 votes. Spurling, with 2,848 votes, finished third, followed by Gaffney with 2,606. Among the remaining District 303 candidates, Nancy A. Muzzey finished No. 5 with 2,256 votes, James P. Conro with 2,071 votes, incumbent Michael A. Vyzral with 1,447 votes, and Richard A. Leidig Jr. with 1,…
Unofficial tallies show two former aldermen defeating 1st and 2nd Ward Aldermen Jon Monken and Clifford Carrignan.
St. Charles’ aldermanic races came in with largely tight tallies, according to Tuesday night’s unofficial tallies that indicated voters had unseated incumbents in the city’s 1st and 2nd wards, while holding onto three incumbents in the rest. Unofficial tallies showed 3rd Ward Alderman William Turned, 4th Ward Alderwoman Jo Krieger, who was unopposed, and 5th Ward Alderwoman Maureen Lewis retaining their seats, while two former aldermen unseated the incumbents in the 1st and 2nd Wards. In the 1st Ward, Ron Silkaitis, who has represented that ward before, appeared to be the winner. Silkaitis garnered with 266 votes, while incumbent Alderman Jon E. Monken secured 231 votes. First-time candidate Justin Osbourne trailed with 193 votes. “I give …