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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 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


Kindness Campaign celebrates one-year anniversary

Photo: Renee Dee and Kaneland parent Sarah Ziemba at the Kindness in Kaneland booth Friday. Photo submitted by Renee Dee to KANELAND—What started as groups organized to combat bullying has turned into a collaboration within the Kaneland School District and community known as the Kindness Campaign. And its organizers are celebrating the campaign’s first… Keep Reading


Kaneland to destroy Class of 2009 temporary records

KANELAND—Kaneland High School will soon destroy temporary education records of students who graduated in 2009. If you would like to obtain your temporary records before they are destroyed, contact Laura McPhee (630) 365-5100 ext. 202, or email Keep Reading


School Board approves teacher salary increase

KANELAND—The Kaneland Education Association (KEA) and Board of Education have reached an agreement to increase teacher salaries for the 2014-15 school year. All Kaneland School Board members on Monday agreed to the salary increase, with the exception of Tony Valente. Valente later spoke further regarding his “no” vote. “I think there are teachers that deserve… Keep Reading


Community can weigh in on superintendent search

KANELAND—The Kaneland community today will have an opportunity to weigh in on the qualities it wants to see in the next district superintendent of schools. The educational search firm BWP & Associates will host focus groups consisting of stakeholders within the Kaneland School District. “We value the voices of all of our stakeholders,” School Board… Keep Reading

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Photos: Fun and fundraising

Kaneland John Shields and Blackberry Creek elementary students last week participated in a Run for Fund to help raise money for their respective school. All grade levels ran and/or walked outside to get in on the fundraising and the fun. John Shields Elementary fourth-graders (below) participated in the Run for Fund on Sept. 25. Blackberry… Keep Reading


Winter Wonderland Craft, Vendor Show

KANELAND—Kaneland Special Needs PTA will host its Winter Wonderland Craft and Vendor Show on Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. The event will feature over 50 vendors and crafters, a raffle, bake sale, sensory and awareness tables, and on-site child care featuring a coloring… Keep Reading


KHS students, Aquascape Inc. construct courtyard pond

KANELAND—Kaneland High School students recently helped construct a courtyard pond featuring trees, shrubs and flowers. The water recycled in the pond comes from Kaneland’s tap water, minus the chlorine. Long koi swim the water while cascades of water fall on rocks. A group consisting mainly of Student Council, Future Farmers of America and Science Club… Keep Reading


Kaneland staff discusses textbooks

KANELAND—A Kaneland mom at the Sept. 8 School Board meeting expressed concern regarding the fact that her son currently “does not have textbooks.” As clarification, Mike Purcell, director of Educational Services 6-12 for the Kaneland School District, recently spoke about the textbooks at Kaneland High School. “All of our classrooms have textbooks—as many textbooks as… Keep Reading


Kaneland tabs firm to handle superintendent search

KANELAND—Kaneland’s next superintendent of schools could be working in the district sooner rather than later. The Kaneland School Board on Sept. 17 voted 4-0 to hire BWP & Associates as the educational search firm responsible for finding the district’s next superintendent. Board Vice President Teresa Witt and trustees Pedro Rivas and Tony Valente were absent… Keep Reading

The biggest rival is …

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] Three weeks ago, we set out to find out who was Kaneland High School’s biggest sports rival. We talked with current coaches, former coaches, players and administrators. We also had a survey on our website asking you who is the biggest rival of the Kaneland Knights. In our survey, we asked for basic… Keep Reading

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