Naperville Now 09-19-17

Klein in Court

Edward Klein, the 79-year-old Wisconsin man charged with shooting an Amtrak conductor in Naperville on May 16, appeared in court today. Klein’s defense stated a doctor determined Klein unfit for trial, but no official decision regarding his mental fitness has been made by a judge. Klein is due to appear in court again on October 11.

Concerns Raised at 203

At last night’s District 203 Board of Education meeting, a group of parents raised concerns about the district’s policies when it comes to school resource officers and how sensitive matters are handled within the schools. A representative for the group spoke to the board, asking that their concerns be addressed in a public manner, perhaps at a future board meeting. Much of the concern stemmed from the handling of the Corey Walgren case this past January, when a school resource officer and a dean questioned the Naperville North junior about the contents of his phone without a parent present. Shortly after, he left the school and committed suicide.

District 204 School Budget

The District 204 School Board approved the 2017-2018 budget at last night’s meeting. But the budget will likely face amendments in November, once more details are known about Illinois’s evidence-based funding model for education. Of the $325 million budget, about 82 percent is spent directly on education, 9 percent on operations and maintenance, and the remainder is split into smaller expenses including transportation, the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, and social security.

North Central College Football

The new rankings are in and North Central College football remains the number five team in the country according to d3football.com. The Cardinals held off 20th ranked Illinois Wesleyan 26 to 13 on Saturday night thanks to a pair of touchdowns from Broc Rutter to freshman Andrew Kamienski. A key interception from linebacker Tommy Sora shifted the momentum to NCC after the game was tied at halftime. North Central will travel to Milikin on Saturday afternoon, looking to move to 3 and 0 on the season.

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