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Kaneland talks Senate Bill 16

KANELAND—Education funding could be distributed in a new way if an Illinois bill passes this spring The bill in question is Illinois Senate Bill 16 (SB16), also known as School Funding Reform Act of 2014. If passed, money could go toward schools in Chicago, downstate Illinois and other area schools so that their funding would… Keep Reading


KHS students honor war history during service trip

Photo: The group poses in front of an American M-4 Sherman tank in Bastonge, Belgium. Photo submitted by Javier Martinez to SFrazier@elburnherald.com KANELAND—A group of Kaneland High School (KHS) students in June experienced a historical adventure overseas. The group of 17 students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, plus 10 adult chaperones, embarked on a service… Keep Reading

Christmas Kettles to Kaneland area

KANELAND—Look for the familiar red Salvation Army kettles this November and December throughout the Kaneland/Big Rock area. Conley Outreach (the local Salvation Army Service Extension representative) together with local Scout troops, businesses, 4-H clubs, church groups and Community Care Team volunteers will collect donations on Saturdays and the days just prior to Christmas outside various… Keep Reading


Holiday Spirit needs your help

KANELAND—Holiday Spirit, a joint program between Kaneland schools and Conley Outreach/West Towns, is in need of organizations, businesses, churches and other groups to adopt local families in need this holiday season. Last year, Holiday Spirit provided assistance to 132 children in 54 families through the generous donations from this community. It is anticipated that the… Keep Reading


School Board approves tentative levy

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday approved a tentative levy. All but Valente and Rivas on Oct. 27 gave a thumbs up to having a tentative levy budget prepared by Kaneland Associate Superintendent Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs. According to Fuchs’ report, this year’s tentative tax levy features a Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 1.5 percent, Equalized… Keep Reading

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Veterans honored at John Stewart Elementary ceremony

A flag-raising ceremony took place at John Stewart Elementary School Tuesday in honor of Veteran’s Day. Artwork and letters to veterans (right) were displayed in the school’s hallway. John Stewart students (below) wave their American flags during the ceremony. Photos by Laura Gampfer ELBURN—Like any good military operation, there was a back-up plan for inclement… Keep Reading


Photos: Kaneland Krier takes over the Elburn Herald

Kaneland Krier staff editors on Tuesday visited the Elburn Herald office to take part in World Teenage News Takeover, a month-long initiative meant to encourage news companies to hand over some editorial and creative control to young people. The Krier members during their visit learned editing and web design techniques, and had an opportunity to… Keep Reading


Kaneland production offers ‘shout out’ to education

KANELAND—The Kaneland Arts Initiative’s (KAI) inaugural production of “Shout Out! Excited about Education” will take the Kaneland High School auditorium stage on Monday, Nov. 17. The show will feature 11 cast members from the Kaneland community. KAI Executive Director Maria Dripps-Paulson said she knows the upcoming production is different from what KAI has featured in… Keep Reading


Kaneland PTA prepares Winter Wonderland Craft Show

by Violet Marquardt KANELAND—Kaneland Special Needs PTA will host its Winter Wonderland Craft and Vendor Show on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. The Craft and Vendor Show will help raise funds for the PTA and also bring awareness to its cause. Most… Keep Reading


School Board approves assistant softball coach resignations

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted 6-1 to accept the resignations of two Kaneland High School assistant softball coaches. Board trustee Tony Valente was the lone “no” vote. He spoke about the two coaches, Kristyn Crawford and Andrew Franklin, during the meeting. “We’re losing the majority of our staff,” Valente said. Valente also mentioned… Keep Reading


Photo: Check, please!

The grand opening celebration and ribbon ceremony for Elburn’s Dunkin’ Donuts took place Monday morning. Elburn’s Dunkin’ Donuts managers Noe Zacurias (left) of Geneva and Martin Ramirez (right) of West Chicago, Ill., present a check to band director Aaron Puckett in the amount of $500 for the Kaneland High School Music Department. In return, the… Keep Reading


Search firm announces Kaneland superintendent survey results

KANELAND—Kaneland’s superintendent profile survey results are completed and now available for viewing. A total of 305 people responded to the online survey. Results can be found at www.kaneland.org. The objective of the survey is to help educational search firm BWP and Associates determine a superintendent profile featuring characteristics the community would like to see in… Keep Reading


Kaneland grad publishes sequel to ‘The Reporter’

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.—Pete Gallanis’ second book didn’t take long to write, but there’s a good reason for that. The two books were originally one. “I wrote ‘The Reporter’ as one book, but the publisher said it was too long, so I just divided it into two books,” Gallanis said. Gallanis, a 1980 Kaneland High School… Keep Reading


School Board OKs tentative levy

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday gave thumbs up to preparation of a tentative levy. School Board members Pedro Rivas and Tony Valente were not in favor of the tentative levy. The tentative levy will be prepared by Associate Superintendent Julie-Ann Fuchs and presented to the School Board on Nov. 10. The initial tentative levy… Keep Reading


Kaneland interested in potential STEM school partnership

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Oct. 15 voted 6-0 to move from an exploratory phase to an interest phase regarding the John C. Dunham Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Partnership School. The School Board in August expressed interest in exploring a partnership with the STEM school, and later sent partnership representatives a letter indicating… Keep Reading


Kaneland forum updates community on superintendent search

KANELAND—The Kaneland School District on Oct. 2 held a series of forums regarding its ongoing search for a new superintedent of schools. A general community forum was held that night at Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove. The forum was hosted by BWP & Associates, the educational search firm hired by the School District… Keep Reading


Elburn Lions October Kaneland Kolor Fun Run/Walk

KANELAND—The Kaneland Kolor Fun Run/Walk will take place Sunday, Oct. 19, at noon at the Kaneland Harter Middle School (KHMS) campus, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. The event will consist of two laps, or approximately 2 miles. Entry is $35 per person and includes a white Kolor Fun Run shirt. A family price of $100… Keep Reading


Kaneland Theatre seeks items for performances

KANELAND—The Kaneland High School (KHS) Theatre Department is looking for a few items to help with its fall play and upcoming spring musical. The following items are needed: lamps with lamp shades and working bulbs, area rugs of varying sizes, framed paintings/wall decor, variety of brown/wood-toned paint, jewel-toned paint (dark reds, greens, and blues), painters… Keep Reading

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Kaneland removes softball coach

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Sept. 29 voted 7-0 to release Kaneland High School softball coach Brian Willis from his duties as head coach. Willis had spent the last five years as head coach for Kaneland varsity girls softball. He also teaches drivers education, physical education and adaptive physical education at the high school. Willis… Keep Reading

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