Sunday, April 21, 2013
Geneva school administrators with an MBA—Meritorious Budget Award—for excellence in budget presentation.
he Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has awarded Geneva School District its Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for excellence in budget presentation. This is the second time Geneva School District has submitted an application for and received this award. To earn this award, the District submitted its 2012–2013 budget for a rigorous review based on stringent criteria. The award is conferred only to school entities that have met or exceeded the Meritorious Budget Award criteria. Receipt of this award “represents a significant achievement” by District staff and a commitment to “achieve the highest standards of school budgeting,” according to ASBO. Developed by ASBO for school districts, the MBA criteria guide school …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Now that the polls have closed, follow our site for live results to learn who won and by how much in all your Geneva races. We'll be updating this post throughout the night as votes are tallied.
The results are finally rolling in. The above list gives you the results for all your local races and will be updated regularly as vote totals become available.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Tri-Cities residents, Patch wants to hear from you on the issues that affect you and your neighbors.
Welcome to Tri-Cities Talk—a regular feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on current issues facing Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked the Tri-Cities community the week before on local Patch Facebook pages. With just days until the April 9 election and hot races underway throughout the Tri-Cities, many residents have been weighing the issues that will inform their decision and drive them to the polls on Tuesday. That brings us to this week's question: Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section. Kelli Trejo: Boundary adjustments. — Geneva Patch Facebook Michelle Hohimer Poelsterl: That…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
About 65 percent of school districts qualify for the ranking, but the scary part is that number is shrinking and the number of districts on financial watch is growing—and Batavia and St. Charles are under review.
It's not a rare achievement—after all, 65 percent of the school districts earn "Financial Recognition"—but it's nothing to be sneezed at either, considering the direction some other Illinois school districts are heading. And while Geneva made the "highest" financial grade, documents show St. Charles and Batavia school districts in the "Financial Review" category—a drop from the "Financial Recognition" designation they enjoyed the previous year. Geneva School District 304 has received the highest financial designation in the Illinois State Board of Education’s annual Financial Profile, School District 304 announced in a press release. The Financial Profile provides a snapshot in time that helps ISBE gauge school districts’ financial …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Here are the hours you can vote early in Geneva and near Geneva.
Early voting for the April 9 election begins Monday, March 25. Kane County residents may vote at a variety of locations, and Geneva's got the extra advantage of having the Kane County Clerk's Office right here in town. Just FYI, all voting offices will be closed on Friday, March 29. Kane County Clerk's Office 719 S. Batavia Ave., Bldg. B, Geneva, 60134 Here are some other early-voting options near Geneva: Kane County Branch Court 530 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, 60174 City of St. Charles 2 E. Main St., St. Charles, 60174 Batavia City Hall 100 N. Island Ave. Messenger Library 113 Oak St., North Aurora, 60542 For more information, visit KaneCountyElections.org
Monday, March 4, 2013
For the political blogs prior to the April 9 election, we will screen comments and ask commenters to sign their full, real names.
Geneva Patch is inviting all candidates in the upcoming April 9 ballot to blog on Patch. And to encourage your participation in blogging prior to April 9, we'll offer to screen comments and allow only those from Patch users willing to sign their full name. To blog on Geneva Patch, all you need to do is hover the cursor over "Blogs" at the top of the home page, and click "Blog on Patch." You can also simply click on this link: http://geneva.patch.com/blog/apply. Blogging is a great opportunity for candidates to reach our large and continually-growing Geneva audience, without cost, and to talk about issues that are important to the community. You retain ownership of all your posts, so you can write original articles or just copy and paste …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The average Geneva property tax bill still is likely to go up $340 this year, and annual increases could continue.
The Geneva School District 304 Board of Education will use almost $5 million from its Education Fund to pay down debt on bonds it issued in 2004. The seven-member School Board unanimously passed a resolution Monday night to transfer $4,990,000 from the Education Fund to the Debt Service Fund. According to a chart* provided by Assistant Superintendent for Finance Donna Oberg, that $4.99 million will be applied to the 2004A Bonds over three years: * SEE CHART BELOW What does that mean for you, Jane or Joe Taxpayer? It's hard to say. This year, the owner of a $315,000 home should expect a $340 property tax increase. That was the number calculated when the School Board passed its levy in November, and Oberg said Monday night that number still …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
About 30 to 70 students could move from Mill Creek Elementary to Fabyan Elementary.
The first of four forums on Geneva elementary-school boundary changes will take place Wednesday, Feb. 6, at one of the schools where students would move into. The forum begins at 7 p.m. at Fabyan Elementary School, which could add 30 to 70 students who otherwise might have attended Mill Creek Elementary. The proposed boundary changes would move Area 8A in the attached map into the Fabyan Elementary footprint. The Geneva District 304 Board of Education announced the forum schedule at its Jan. 28 meeting. Elementary school boundaries are being adjusted to better balance the enrollment numbers at four of the six Geneva grade schools. The boundary changes were proposed by a task force comprised of Geneva School District 304 Superintendent Kent…
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Agenda includes annual financial report, a resolution authorizing intervention In proceedings before State of Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board and a resolution declaring 28 acres "unnecessary" and authorizing its sale.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Just because you can run for three electoral offices at the same time, that doesn't mean you should!
A few years ago, current mayoral hopeful Bob McQuillan chastised me for encouraging people to get involved and then scolding them when they did. But that’s exactly what a reasonable opinion columnist should do. Ya gotta keep ‘em honest, coming and going. Call me crazy, but once you make that superlative leap from the couch to a cause, a higher standard automatically applies. Sadly, as a mutual friend of Bob’s and mine likes to say, “When people run for office, they immediately lose 30 to 50 percent of their working brain cells.” And I’ve seen it happen over and over again. Don’t believe me? Then please explain the plethora of GOP hopefuls who went down in electoral flames due to their insistence on sharing their unevolved thoughts on rape …