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KEA, Board of Education continue teacher salary negotiations by Molly A. Benstein KANELAND—As the end of the year grows near without resolution of the Kaneland teachers’ contract, more and more community members have taken notice. The topic came up during the Nov. 9 Kaneland School Board meeting and was the primary focus of the Kaneland… Keep Reading


Kaneland Madrigals performances Dec. 11-13

MAPLE PARK—The 38th annual Kaneland High School Madrigal dinner will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-13, with performances at 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. All performances will be held in the cafeteria at Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road. Dinner will be served… Keep Reading


Photos: Tragic theatre

Kaneland High School’s theater department presented William Shakespeare’s classic tale of “Romeo and Juliet” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tragic story is a tale of two star-crossed lovers caught in the midst of family feuding. Keep Reading


State of the union

KEA representatives host public forum regarding ongoing salary negotiations with Board of Education KANELAND—Representatives from the Kaneland Education Association (KEA) have emphasized that Kaneland School District teachers deserve a salary structure that is competitive, attracts them with a sound base income and promotes their retention. The KEA reiterated that message during a Nov. 12 public… Keep Reading


Kaneland High School to present ‘Romeo and Juliet’

KANELAND—Kaneland High School’s Theatre Department will present William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-22, in the KHS auditorium. Friday and Saturday performances will take place at 7 p.m., with the Sunday performance at 2 p.m. An understudy performance will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. The classic tale of two… Keep Reading


KEA well-represented at School Board meeting

by Molly Benstein KANELAND—Kaneland Education Association (KEA) members were present in force at Monday’s School Board meeting to identify themselves to the board and show their pride as educators. Lori Shroka, KEA president and a member of the negotiating team, revealed that a 297-to-13 vote took place in favor of an intent to strike. A… Keep Reading


School Board adopts tentative levy

by Molly Benstein KANELAND—Kaneland Board of Education president Teresa Witt on Monday presented the $44,150,000 tax levy for 2015, as proposed at the previous board meeting on Oct. 26. Witt said that the tentative levy would add 1.6 percent to next year’s operating budget. The board voted 5-2 to adopt the tentative levy. Additional discussion… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer KJST Vets Day 11-11-15-7

Saluting our vets

Kaneland schools celebrate Veterans Day KANELAND—Although Veterans Day is only one day in length, the students of John Stewart Elementary School in Elburn have spent the last couple months preparing ways to show their appreciation. According to Art Specialist Heidi Gilkey, starting in September, students began crafting different art projects to be used as decoration… Keep Reading


A wintertime wonder

Craft, vendor show to benefit Kaneland Special Needs PTA SUGAR GROVE—Everyone is invited to the Kaneland Winter Wonderland Craft and Vendor Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. The second annual show and sale is sponsored by and benefits the Kaneland Special… Keep Reading


John Stewart Elementary Veterans Day celebration

KANELAND—Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School will host a Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 11, with a morning tribute near the flagpole at 8:50 a.m. and an afternoon assembly at 2:40 p.m. During these events, area Boy Scouts will raise United States colors, Girl Scouts will lead the pledge, and fourth-graders will perform their annual… Keep Reading


Kaneland teachers union approve intent to strike

The Kaneland Education Association (KEA) on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of moving forward with an intent to strike, a KEA press release stated. “Both sides continue to bargain, and we are still confident a fair agreement can be reached,” said Susan Asksel, Chief Negotiator for the KEA. A public community forum is scheduled for… Keep Reading


Future finances

School Board talks tax levy KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Oct. 26 listened to tax levy information presented by Kaneland Associate Superintendent Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs. Fuchs said the district could expect a levy estimate of $42,724,016.33. The balloon amount initially requested could be 3 percent more, or $44,150,000. She called the tax levy a stable… Keep Reading

Kaneland/Sugar Grove

Waubonsee Foundation announces scholarships available

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College Foundation scholarship applications are now available online for the 2016-17 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded in early April 2016 to be used beginning in the fall semester 2016. To apply for a Waubonsee Community College Foundation scholarship, visit All applications must be completed and submitted online; paper copies will… Keep Reading

Video: Marching Knights compete at U of I

Video: Marching Knights compete at U of I

The KHS Marching Knights competed in the 45th Annual Illinois Marching Band Championships at the University of Illinois on October 31, 2015. The Marching Knights placed fourth in Class 4A with 67.55 points, behind champion Washington (83.15), runner-up Grayslake North (71.10) and third place LaSalle-Peru (67.85). This season, the Marching Knights competed at two other… Keep Reading


Elburn youth on ice

Photos: Matthew Sitar (No. 52), 12, and Geo’Marco Grano (No. 21), 12, both of Elburn, were chosen to play in a prestigious hockey league. Photo submitted by Tony Grano to KHMS seventh-graders excel at hockey ELBURN—A couple of Elburn seventhgraders were recently chosen to play in the prestigious Central States Developmental Hockey League (CSDHL).… Keep Reading

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Tricks & treats

Kaneland elementary school students reveal their costume plans for Halloween 2015 KANELAND—Many things are important in the life of an elementary school student—toys, animals, books, Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, maybe even an iPad—but perhaps none more so than their Halloween costume plans. This is the time of year when kids can take… Keep Reading

Events/Kaneland/Sugar Grove

Saving, Preparing for College Financials program at Sugar Grove Library Nov . 3

by Shannon Halikias Library Director, Sugar Grove Public Library Preparing for college is a journey for most teens, but are the parents ready for the associated costs? A Pew research study (2014) indicated that 56 percent of students attending private colleges and 47 percent attending public colleges borrow money for their education. Students graduate with… Keep Reading

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Photos: Kindness at Blackberry Creek

Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School (KBK) students (above), along with students throughout the district, have been participating in Kindness in Kaneland activities throughout the month of October. On Monday, they participated in the NED assembly in the KBK gym. NED stands for “Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best.” The NED assembly is… Keep Reading

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