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  • Paper earns five trophies in five years

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

    The Hinsdalean received 29 editorial awards and, for the fifth time in as many years, the Will Loomis Memorial Trophy for being the best large nondaily newspaper in the state in the Illinois Better Newspaper Contest. The paper also won the sweepstakes in the advertising contest, garnering 27 awards. The awards were presented June 6 at the Illinois Press Association annual convention in Bloomington. "Being named the best weekly newspaper of our size for the fifth year in a row...

  • Weekly agenda

    Updated Jun 12, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13 Hinsdale South High School 7401 Clarendon Hills Road, Darien www.hinsdale86.org/board-of-education/board-meetings Hinsdale Zoning Board of Appeals 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 Memorial Building 19 E. Chicago Ave. On the draft agenda: public hearing on 5500 S. Grant St. (Hinsdale Central)...

  • D181, D86 welcome new administrators

    Updated Jun 12, 2024

    Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 and Hinsdale High School District 86 have hired new assistant superintendents who are scheduled to begin work July 1. Erica Ekstrom will be the new assistant superintendent of student services in District 181. Superintendent Hector Garcia said Ekstrom brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the crucial role, having served in various educational capacities throughout her distinguished career. “Ms. Ekstrom’s proven track record of leading and developing successful pro...

  • Incoming super sets his first assignment

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Jun 7, 2024

    After spending 21 days in the district and holding meetings with more than 200 parents, staff, students, board members, administrators and community members, incoming Superintendent Michael Lach explained the approach that will guide him when he begins work full-time July 1. “I kept coming back to four questions — questions that I had, but questions I think we all need to tackle together,” Lach said during a presentation at the May 30 school board meeting. The questions center around four topics: passion, trust, organ...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Jun 5, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Among other business at their May 30 meeting, school board members: • learned from Interim Superintendent Becky Nelson that the Illinois State Board of Education has decided to return to using the ACT as the required exam for high school graduation. The ACT had been used until 2014, when the state switched to the SAT. Nelson said the district will continue to make sure students are prepared for the SAT by delivering high-quality instruction with a viable curriculum. • approved the hiring of...

  • Weekly agenda

    Updated Jun 5, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13 Hinsdale South High School 7401 Clarendon Hills Road, Darien www.hinsdale86.org/board-of-education/board-meetings Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Commission 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 Memorial Building 19 E. Chicago Ave. Hinsdale Plan Commission 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 Memorial Building 19 E. Chicago Ave. On the draft agenda: public hearing on special-use permit to add two paddle tennis courts at KLM; sign permit reviews for 8 E. First (Pronto Italian...

  • Weekly agenda

    Updated May 29, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30 Hinsdale Central High School 55th and Grant streets www.hinsdale86.org/board-of-education/board-meetings On the agenda: authorize FY 2024 audit, board committee appointments, 2024-25 board meeting schedule, award RFP for remote transcription services Hinsdale Historic Preservation Commission 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 Memorial Building 19 E. Chicago Ave. www.villageofhinsdale.org On the draft agenda: sign permit reviews for 43 A S. Washington (Legendary Spa),...

  • Weekly agenda

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30 Hinsdale Central High School 55th and Grant streets www.hinsdale86.org/board-of-education/board-meetings Hinsdale Public Library Board 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 Hinsdale Public Library 20 E. Maple St. www.hinsdalelibrary.info On the draft agenda: intergovernmental agreement with village for plaza project, space plan Phase 1 update...

  • Parents want to keep varsity coach

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 15, 2024

    Supporters of the Hinsdale Central boys gymnastics program were out in force at the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board meeting last week, upset about plans to cut the gymnastics coaching positions at Central. Speakers at the May 9 meeting objected to the proposal as part of a move to combine the Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South boys gymnastics programs for the next three years. A large crowd of parents and students joined Lena Theotikos, mom of senior gymnast Nikolas,...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated May 15, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board Among other business May 9, board members: • approved the final school year calendar for 2023-24, removing the five emergency days and setting the last day of student attendance day as May 31 • acknowledged district retirees, including Myles Laffey and siblings Anna and Marvin Breig • encouraged administrators to finish the proposal for an off-campus lunch pilot at Hinsdale South for seniors for the 2024-25 school year. Hinsdale Central Principal Bill Walsh said Central is inter...

  • D181 board OK's tentative spending plan

    Ken Knutson|Updated May 15, 2024

    The Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 Board approved a tentative 2025 operating budget of $77.8 million Monday night, just about $4 million more than the current year’s total forecast expenses. Mindy Bradford, assistant superintendent of business and operations, presented the proposed spending plan, reporting that revenues are predicted come in at $86.7 million. Salaries and benefits constitute the single biggest expense at $61.8 million. Bradford said the budget accounts for the raises in the new teachers c...

  • Biddix offers insight into equity work

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 9, 2024

    Say the words “equity and inclusion,” and people might come up with a number of different definitions. “I am no stranger to the abundance of narratives about what these words mean — and what they might mean in our schools or in a professional or personal aspect as well,” said Chris Biddix, director of equity and inclusion in Hinsdale High School District 86. “I think naming some of those narratives from the start, knowing them, is really important.” Some narratives might suggest that it’s naive and optimistic to try to addre...

  • Weekly agenda

    Updated May 8, 2024

    Community Consolidated Elementary Dist. 181 Board 7 p.m. Monday, May 13 Hinsdale Middle School 100 S. Garfield Ave. www.d181.org On the draft agenda: approve issuance of $18 million in general obligation debt certificates, budget presentation, approve tentative budget for public display, social studies pilot update, high school data Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 Hinsdale Central High School 55th and Grant streets www.hinsdale86.org/board-of-education/board-meetings On the agenda: approve 2023-2...

  • Greenspon wants more time, but clock is ticking

    Updated May 2, 2024

    A lot has happened since Cat Greenspon was elected to her first term as president of the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board just one year ago. Superintendent Tammy Prentiss was put on paid administrative leave. An interim superintendent resigned after working only 59 days in the district. Two board members resigned — one less than sixth months after she was elected. The assistant superintendent of human resources, the communications director and the Hinsdale South principal all resigned. The board has been the subject o...

  • Greenspon retains D86 president's post

    Ken Knutson|Updated May 1, 2024

    A call by Hinsdale High School District 86 teachers last week for new board leadership went unheeded as Cat Greenspon was unanimously reappointed as board president on Monday. The 6-0 vote at the special meeting in Hinsdale South's cafeteria for the annual election of board officers took place before a considerably smaller audience than had gathered at the same location April 25 for the regular meeting. Members of the Hinsdale High School Teachers Association had turned out...

  • Weekly agenda

    Updated May 1, 2024

    Hinsdale High School Dist. 86 Board special meeting 7 a.m. Friday, May 3 Hinsdale South High School 7401 Clarendon Hills Road, Darien www.hinsdale86.org/board-of-education/board-meetings On the agenda: approve new Hinsdale South principal employment contract Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 Hinsdale Central High School, 55th and Grant streets www.hinsdale86.org/board-of-education/board-meetings Hinsdale Plan Commission 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 Memorial Building, 19 E. Chicago Ave....

  • Camps support athletes, programs

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 1, 2024

    Before the final IHSA state tournaments are held, some coaches and athletes at Hinsdale Central will start preparing for the fall season - and beyond. The athletic department is offering summer camps in a dozen sports and one in strength and conditioning, with some holding sessions for athletes as young as first grade. Among the offerings will be one new one - girls flag football. "It's starting from scratch, truly, because out of my 23 years of coaching, this is brand...

  • Waters chafes at cost of transparency

    Ken Knutson|Updated May 1, 2024

    Is a school district able to limit the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it processes? Hinsdale High School District 86 Board member Jeff Waters posed that question at the April 25 board meeting as he expressed concern at the financial and human resources needed to maintain access to information the public is legally entitled to under the Freedom of Information Act. “What do districts do, if anything, to combat excessive FOIA requests, both from the press and community members?” Waters asked administrators. As at...

  • No rush to welcome AI into our newsroom

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    I couldn't help but notice the headline of a Poynter article in a recent "E&P" digital newsletter: "AI is already reshaping newsrooms, AP study finds." The real shock was in the subhead: "Despite ethical concerns, nearly 70 percent of newsroom staffers recruited for an Associated Press survey say they're using generative AI to create content." As I'm sure you might guess, I fall into the 30 percent who are not using generative AI. Apparently, others are using it to create soci...

  • Weekly agenda

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25 Hinsdale South High School 7401 Clarendon Hills Road, Darien www.hinsdale86.org/board-of-education/board-meetings On the agenda: award elevator maintenance, staircase abatement and upgraded sound system bids; approve IGA with Hinsdale for reciprocal facility use; approve accelerated capital expenditures; administrator and non-union staff salaries; South off-campus lunch pilot discussion...

  • Central girls will join competition on gridiron

    Ken Knutson|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Hinsdale Central will join the ranks of the state’s newest interscholastic sport next fall: girls flag football. Hinsdale High School District 86 Board members voted April 11 to field a team at Central to be part of the Illinois High School Association’s inaugural 2024-25 season this fall. “It’s a new opportunity for our female athletes,” Central athletic director Mike Jezioro said Monday. “It provides another avenue for female students to be involved with the school.” The IHSA announced in February that girls flag football...

  • This week's cover - Outdoor education

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    Monday's eclipse provided some a real time astronomy lesson to students across the village. Students in District 181 and in District 86 went outdoors to view the solar eclipse, which reached about 90 percent coverage here. Madison School fourth-graders Zarah Gupta, Stella Halkias, Cora Sullivan, Melissa Macri, Emmy Schreiber and Eve Goodwin found a perfect spot to watch the eclipse progress. Please turn to Page 36 for more pictures. (Jim Slonoff photo)...

  • Corrections

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    • In an April 4 story, the following quote from the March 21 District 86 school board meeting regarding a staffing matter should have been attributed to Interim Superintendent Becky Nelson: “That wouldn’t impact it in any way. These are just people who will not be invited back. So if the positions still exist then we would fill the positions.” Cheryl Moore, assistant superintendent for human resources, was incorrectly attributed. • Memorials for Maureen Walsh can be made online to Bernie’s Book Bank at https://sec...

  • State superintendent visits District 86

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Apr 10, 2024

    Hinsdale Central got the chance to show off its career and technical education programs - and other areas of the high school - when state Superintendent Tony Sanders came for a visit Friday. School visits are a regular part of the job for Sanders, who works for the Illinois State Board of Education and splits his time between its Springfield and Chicago offices. "I try to spend one day a week in schools," he said. "Being in schools is the best part of my job." The first stop...

  • Weekly agenda

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    Community Consolidated Elementary Dist. 181 Board 7 p.m. Monday, April 15 Hinsdale Middle School 100 S. Garfield Ave. www.d181.org On the draft agenda: officer selection; 2024-25 board meeting calendar; assessment calendar; CSCI results; IDEA needs assessment; updates on safety, full-day kindergarten financing and five-year projections, investments, district office building and Satchel Pulse Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11 Hinsdale South High School 7401 Clarendon Hills Road, Darien...

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