Batavia, Illinois School District news
Amber Jirsa, an English teacher at Batavia High School, was named Teacher of the Year in the north suburban region, and is a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced in April.
The school board also voted to renew a four-year contract with the district's current athletic wear provider, Game On.
The same referendum question narrowly failed in the November election.
The proposed referendum question says the money would be spent on replacing H.C. Storm and Louise White elementary schools, plus repairs, maintenance and security work at other schools.
The referendum narrowly failed in the Nov. 8 general election.
Tom Kim will assume the role of district superintendent in July.
The district placed a $140 million referendum question on the Nov. 8 ballot, which was turned down by only 24 votes.
The campus monitors’ reports released in response to a Shaw Local News Network Freedom of Information Act request offered additional insight into what transpired leading up to the headlock captured on video.
The district should know if the referendum will pass by Nov. 22, once all mail-in ballots are counted.
On Tuesday, Batavia School District 101 voters will decide whether to borrow $140 million to replace two elementary schools and fix up others.
A Batavia High School campus monitor will not be charged in connection with an incident in the lunchroom Oct. 21 in which a video shows him holding a Black student down in a headlock, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.
If passed, the funds from the referendum would be used to demolish and build replacements to H.C. Storm and Louise White elementary schools, along with changes and improvements to the district’s six other schools.
A video showing a Batavia High School student being grabbed around the neck by a male employee and held in a headlock against a table while she pleads to be released is under investigation by police, the department’s deputy chief said.
The Batavia School Board voted to adopt its budget for the 2023 Fiscal Year during their Sept. 20 meeting, which has a surplus of $1.5 million.
Batavia High School hosted the annual homecoming parade on Wilson and Main streets on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.