West Aurora School
11 Teachers Reach National Board
School Board seeks operating
At Herget the Answer Is at "Hand"
Dist. 129 Produces Live Video
Four enter West High Sports Hall of
North Aurora Lions Honor Students
North Aurora Lions Club on Jan. 23 honored nine students for the
community service they performed through their school Leo Clubs,
including cleaning the Fox River and raising money to benefit
the deaf and blind. Receiving awards were Tina Stengle, West
High School; Liz Held, Herget Middle School; Cheyanna Strusz,
Herget; Amanda Gaffino, Fearn Elementary School; Lee Welbes,
Herget; Caitlin Riley, Jewel Middle School and John Gaffino,
Herget. Not pictured were Anne Sweeney, Herget, and Rachel Buck,
School Board seeks operating rate increase
Board on Jan. 8 voted to ask voters for a modest increase in the
operating rate limit for the next four years. That temporary
increase, plus ongoing belt-tightening (seven administrator
positions have been eliminated), will put the Districts
finances in order.
129 operating budget for 2006-07 (excluding Fire
Prevention/Safety and Site & Construction funds, and debt
service) is $99.9 million. The projected shortfall is estimated
to be approximately $1.9 million for the 2008 fiscal year.
There are a
number of reasons for the shortfall. However, the primary causes
growing enrollment (more than 5,000 students since 1988)
requires more space and higher operating costs for more
teachers, buses, computers and other equipment and supplies;
increases in the cost of employee health care coverage;
increased energy costs;
interest rates; and
insufficient state and federal funding.
To fix this,
the Board has placed on the April 17 ballot a request that the
extension rate limitation be increased .50% to 3.52739% and held
constant for the 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 levy years.
result in a $167 increase for a home with a fair market value of
four-year period of the increase, the amount of the additional
tax would increase if homes appreciate in value.
property owners also pay taxes to pay off bonds borrowed for
past building constructions.
the increase pass, the School Board intends to:
balance the budget,
maintain enough reserves so that the District does not have to
borrow money to pay the bills,
have enough operating revenue to:
Need more information?
School District 129 is hosting a series of facts forums
for residents to find out about the districts
operations and financial condition.
forums are at 7-8:30 p.m.:
Feb. 15, Jefferson Middle School, 1151 Plum St., Aurora;
Feb. 22, Freeman Elementary School, 153 S. Randall Road,
March 8, Jewel Middle School, 1501 Waterford Drive,
North Aurora; and
March 12, Herget Middle School, 1550 Deerpath Road,
http://www.d129schools.com/ The School District has
created a comprehensive collection of information on its
financial condition, teaching and learning improvements,
facility issues, the operating rate resolution and
Many senior citizens qualify for an exemption that
freezes their assessments at a base year, causing their
assessments not to increase. To find out more, go to
http://www.co.kane.il.us/soa/exemptio.htm. At this
site you can also find information on other these other
General Homestead Exemption (GHE)
Home Improvement Exemption (HIE)
Senior Citizen Exemption (HEX/65+)
Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Program (STD)
A group of
residents in support of passage of the referendum have
formed WAVE (West Aurora Volunteers for
Education). For more information, go to
expected growth in student enrollment (more than 180 per year
for the next several years);
Vision 129, which includes a plan to improve teaching and
safety and security; and
Washington Celebrates Grandparents, Art
celebrated its annual Grandparents breakfast. Students enjoyed
breakfast with their grandparents, who were entertained by the
Early Morning Choir.
eight-grade artist proudly displays her artwork at the Aurora
Public Art Commission Building during the annual Winter Garden
of Youth Art.
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