Fort Hill Activity Center Expansion:
The Fort Hill Activity Center will be expanding. The Naperville Park District has plans to build a $2.1 million dollar expansion for the community fitness center, with construction starting next year. This will add nearly 4,000 square feet of studio space for more classes and amenities. The center currently is 80,000 square feet, with 6,700 people signed up for memberships. The new addition is meant to help keep up with the demand for use of the space and its many offerings.
Increase in City Employees:
Naperville city staff presented the remainder of the proposed 2019 city budget at last night’s city council workshop. One of the main topics of discussion was the increase in full-time employees on the city’s payroll. The budget includes nine new positions, including three and a half new positions in the IT department. However, the removal of four custodial positions makes the net increase five employees in 2019. While many councilmembers were hesitant to increase the employee count, Mayor Steve Chirico said it would improve city service levels, which is a common request from residents.
D204 Feminine Product Problem:
Some female students in District 204 came forward at Monday night’s school board meeting, claiming the district is violating the intent of a state law that requires public schools to make feminine hygiene products available for free in school restrooms. Currently those products are only available in the restrooms located in the nurse’s office. The students who spoke out said having to go through the nurse’s office can lead to embarrassment at explaining to teachers why they need to go, and add extra time to relieving the problem. Administrators have posted signs in all restrooms to let students know where they can acquire the free products, and add, “we will continue to identify other communication avenues or opportunities to increase awareness.”
Girls Basketball Begins:
The high school girls basketball season tipped off last night as Neuqua Valley travelled to face a very tough Batavia team. The Wildcats lost 10 seniors from last year’s team and it showed early on as the Bulldogs raced out to a 20 point first half lead. Neuqua Valley was able to get solid second half contributions from senior Ashley Ishman and sophomore Claudia Gallegos, but the young Wildcats fell by a score of 76-40. The rest of our teams will start their seasons later this week.
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