All posts by Lynn Meredith

  • Who stays, who goes?

    There are no two ways about it: These are tough times for the Kaneland School District. With reduced tax revenues and lack of growth, the district is faced with budget cuts, and with cuts come tough decisions....

    • Posted March 13, 2009
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  • Participation keeps Virgil church vibrant for 100 years

    In keeping with its tradition of an active and involved parish, St. Peter and Paul Church is celebrating its centennial year with a host of events that call on parishioners to contribute their time, talents and memories.

    • Posted March 11, 2009
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  • MP may get in line

    For the right project, there could be money available from the federal stimulus bill for use in Maple Park, but the possibility comes with caveats. Village Engineer Ralph Tompkins spelled out for the Village Board what it...

    • Posted March 5, 2009
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  • Board considers restructuring debt

    The Kaneland School Board faces a financial choice when it comes to how to pay off debt in a time of no growth. As an expected balloon payment of $1 million looms this fiscal year, officials are...

    • Posted March 5, 2009
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  • Green building practices come closer to home

    Building practices that attempt to lessen negative impacts on the environment have been around since the 1970s, but recently consumers have seen the value of keeping their carbon footprint light while at the same time saving money....

    • Posted February 27, 2009
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  • Pair charged with firing at moving vehicle

    An adult and a juvenile turned themselves in after being charged with firing shots into a moving vehicle in unincorporated Maple Park. No one in the car was injured.

    • Posted February 27, 2009
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  • District works to prevent bullying

    A seven-person committee of social workers and administrators from Kaneland schools presented its findings on the policies and procedures in place to handle harassment and bullying to the School Board at its meeting on Monday.

    • Posted February 27, 2009
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  • Field trips require approval

    With the budget in a precarious position, every penny counts. That's why Kaneland school officials revised the field trip policy to require approval for long or overnight trips.

    • Posted February 27, 2009
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  • The call to celebrate, commemorate

    Kaneland alumni, community members, teachers, staff and administration—take a moment to look back over the years at the people you have known from Kaneland. Who stands out in your memories? You have the chance to thank, recognize...

    • Posted February 19, 2009
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  • Draw-down downed

    The Kaneland Foundation decided to cancel its Draw Down Raffle and Casino Night 2009 due to the downed economy.

    • Posted February 19, 2009
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  • The ins and outs of painting the water tower

    The question isn't whether the water tower in Maple Park will get painted; the question is how much of it will get painted. The Maple Park Village Board will decide that question at a special meeting on...

    • Posted February 12, 2009
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  • Cutting deeper

    Kaneland officials on Monday presented their recommendations of financial cuts that will need to be made next year if the district is to avoid a large deficit in the near future. The cuts, presented to the School...

    • Posted February 12, 2009
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  • Mobiles on the move

    With the slow-down of growth in the Kaneland School District and the construction of a new middle school, the mobile classrooms that have served the district in its time of need are being let out to pasture.

    • Posted February 12, 2009
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  • Making downtown a destination

    Look at the downtown of any of the four villages in the Kaneland area and what do you see? Empty stores fronts, underutilized spaces and vital businesses absenting to the periphery.

    • Posted February 12, 2009
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  • Perspectives on growth

    One thing people can agree on is that growth, for the time being, has slowed significantly. The economy, housing market and credit crunch have all contributed to reducing the number of homes and businesses that are coming...

    • Posted February 12, 2009
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  • What people want

    “What do you want to see in your town in the future?” That was the question posed to random and not-so-random people on the street and in the businesses of Kaneville,...

    • Posted February 12, 2009
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  • Police hiring process blocked

    The board voted down a motion to accept two police officers to be part of a pool of candidates for future employment, and it tabled a motion to hire another officer under a probationary period. It also...

    • Posted February 6, 2009
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  • Learning by being

    It's not often you get to spend time with the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Elvis Presley, Julia Child or Curly from the Three Stooges.

    • Posted February 5, 2009
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  • Kaneland revenue challenges continue

    With the Kaneland School District facing several revenue challenges for the 2010 fiscal year, the School Board is reviewing a long-range financial plan to help the district make informed budget decisions.

    • Posted January 30, 2009
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  • Kaneland School District notes

    Kaneland seeks citizens for advisory boards; Five candidates run for School Board

    • Posted January 30, 2009
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  • Website offers wealth of information on test scores

    Say you want to know how Kaneland compares to other schools in the vicinity, or you want to see the trend of ISAT test scores for the last 10 years.

    • Posted January 30, 2009
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  • Fortune smiles as woman escapes collision with train

    A woman and her dog narrowly escaped a collision with a Union Pacific train when her car slid to a stop on the railroad tracks at the Meredith Road railroad crossing near Route 38 on Friday.

    • Posted January 25, 2009
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  • Linking students and parents to the future

    Kaneland Student Services has created—that is re-created—a webpage for parents and students to learn more about curriculum, college preparation and graduation.

    • Posted January 25, 2009
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  • Cultural comparisons

    Learning about one another's cultures is an eye-opening experience, and it was one that the fourth and fifth grades at John Stewart Elementary School had when Sayaka Iwamura from Japan came to visit.

    • Posted January 25, 2009
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  • Schuler named superintendent for 2010

    The Kaneland School Board approved Jeff Schuler to replace Superintendent Charlie McCormick when McCormick retires in 2010.

    • Posted January 15, 2009
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  • Students hit the slopes

    All it took was for one student to express an interest in forming a ski club at Kaneland, and more than 50 students and two teacher-sponsors jumped on board.

    • Posted January 15, 2009
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  • Village adjusts police referendum

    The Maple Park Village Board amended the proposition it approved in December to place a referendum for police services on the April ballot so that it would yield the dollars necessary to operate the department.

    • Posted January 9, 2009
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  • Curtis to run for Maple Park president

    The race is on for president of the Maple Park Village Board. Trustee Kathy Curtis announced her plans to run in April. In November, Village President Ross Dueringer announced that he would run for a second term.

    • Posted January 9, 2009
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  • Staffing woes continue for MP police

    Maple Park is once again searching for police officers to staff its department.

    • Posted January 9, 2009
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  • Student artists receive awards

    Six elementary students from Kaneland schools received awards for their art work and the opportunity to have it displayed in a traveling art show throughout the state.

    • Posted January 1, 2009
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  • School Board adopts ‘08 tax levy

    The School Board proposed a 2008 operating levy of $38,153,948 on Dec. 15.

    • Posted January 1, 2009
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  • 3 Kaneland administrators will take on new roles

    The Kaneland School Board approved changes to administrative staffing for the 2009-10 school to adjust for the the planned retirement of Assistant Superintendent of Business Tom Runty and Director of Special Education Marilee Green.

    • Posted January 1, 2009
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