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East Aurora seeks name for district kindergarten center

East Auroris seeking name nominations for its new kindergarten center located 250 E. Indian Trail. Submitted photo.

East Aurora is seeking name nominations for its new kindergarten center, located at 250 E. Indian Trail. Submitted photo.

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Updated: March 3, 2014 2:11PM

AURORA — Have you ever wanted to name a building?

East Aurora School District is giving members of the community the chance to do just that by soliciting nominations for the name of its new kindergarten center.

East Aurora is slated to offer full-day kindergarten to families who want to enroll their children starting next school year. The district will continue to offer half-day kindergarten, which is required by law.

The School Board is asking for names of well-known local, state or national figures to name the building after, including East Aurora students, parents, staff and community members. Each nomination should include an explanation for why the building should be named after that person.

Nominations can be submitted to or mailed to Superintendent Jerome Roberts at 417 Fifth St., Aurora, IL 60505. They must be received by March 1.

Late last year, the district purchased the building at 250 E. Indian Trail for $425,000. It will be turned into a 22-classroom facility designated for kindergarten. Officials have said the district will spend up to $9 million to buy, renovate and furnish the building.

A nine-member committee made up of teachers and administrators involved in early education is in the process of drafting transportation recommendations for the kindergarten center — some kindergarten students will remain at their home schools — and developing the new kindergarten curriculum.

At last week’s School Board meeting, School Board member Mary Lou Peryea questioned when a kindergarten curriculum update would be coming.

“Time is flying here and there are challenges to address,” she said.

Roberts said that an update would come through the School Board’s Curriculum Committee, which as of February will resume meeting on its own, in addition to bringing updates before the full board.

Board member Stella Gonzalez, who heads the Curriculum Committee, told Peryea that the school district is “always ready for whatever comes.”

“They might not show it, but here, everyone does their job,” Gonzalez said.

Staff writer Stephanie Lulay contributed to this report

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