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Head of West Aurora’s teaching and learning hopes to fill ‘very big shoes’

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When Brent Raby was growing up, he always thought he’d end up working for his family’s roofing company, where his father, mother, brothers and sister are employed. “If you had the last name Raby, you pretty much worked for the roofing company,” said Raby, 35, …

Metea Valley students see impact of distracted driving

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AURORA — The bodies strewn around the mock two-car pileup outside Metea Valley High School Thursday morning painted a picture of what could happen if students are driving a car while texting or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As unsettling as the scene …

West Aurora’s annual Spring Art Show on May 1

West Aurora High School will showcase student talent in its annual Spring Art Show from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 1 in the school’s Sauk Gallery (B140), 1201 W. New York St., Aurora.

The free show is a celebration of student talent, creativity and hard …

Medal of Honor recipient offers inspiration to local National Guard

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AURORA — To Sgt. Allen James Lynch, the soldiers serving from the East Aurora National Guard are “the 1 percent.” “You are part of the 1 percent of America that serves the country,” he said. “You are part of a very special group of people.” …

Rotolo musicians set to play at Carnegie Hall

Cellists Dixon Anderson and Rachel Eng, and double bassist Phil Swanson, eighth-grade orchestra students from Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, have been selected for the 2014 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. They will perform there among 80 other students across North America …

Some question newly appointed assistant superintendent’s hiring at West Aurora

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AURORA — When Angela Smith was a member of the West Aurora School Board, she was known for asking tough questions. But after she was selected a few days ago to serve as West Aurora’s new assistant superintendent for operations by the superintendent she helped …

In Our Schools

GENEVA Genevan at Luther College in ‘La Dispute’ Luther College sophomore Josh Harper, of Geneva, played Ézor in the school’s production of “La Dispute” in March. Harper is majoring in communication studies at the Decorah, Iowa,-based college. He is a 2012 graduate of Geneva High …

West Aurora: Students show giving spirit this year

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What would make first-graders dig into their families’ couches for loose change, for high school juniors to ask fellow students to part with their old prom dresses and for middle school girls to get an extremely short haircut? A passion to help others. All over …

East Aurora business manager resigns, gets settlement

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AURORA — East Aurora School District’s former director of business will receive a $30,000 severance payment in exchange for resigning from his position and dropping the discrimination charge he filed against the district. According to the settlement agreement obtained by The Beacon-News, Ernest Clark agreed …

New East Aurora Board president looks to bring ‘calm’ to district

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AURORA — Kirsten Strand woke up Tuesday morning “with a sense of peace that I have not had in a year,” she said. That’s because Strand was part of a leadership change on the East Aurora School Board. Strand was elected vice president and Raymond …

Oswego schools plan summer repairs

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OSWEGO — Oswego School District 308 is planning to recommend about $3.6 million in summer maintenance projects to the school board next week, but at least one school board member is questioning the proposed use of leftover bond money originally intended for new construction to …

Former West Aurora math teacher, Lathan, to fill vacant board seat

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AURORA — A former West Aurora School District math teacher who works in IT was selected Monday night to fill the school board’s vacant seat. Ira Lathan, 54, was appointed to the seven-member board, filling the spot left by Angela Smith. A seven-year veteran of …

Students discover possibilities at space camp

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For three area students, camp is spaceships, zip lines and tornado disaster simulators. The Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy awarded scholarships to 304 students from 38 countries and 33 states to attend the weeklong camp, including Rohit Anumakonda from Naperville North High School, Thomas Rossi from …

New school board leadership elected at East Aurora

AURORA — The East Aurora School Board elected a new president and vice president Monday night, while the former president announced she would not resign from the board. Ray Hull was elected president and Kirsten Strand was elected vice president. Mary Anne Turza will remain …

Students participate in PeaceJam at East Aurora

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AURORA — When East Aurora organizers found out they wouldn’t be able to send local PeaceJam kids to meet a Nobel Laureate this year, they decided instead to stage their own event. PeaceJam, a non-profit led by 13 Nobel Peace Laureates, is designed to develop …