Burlington

Mayor proposes task force to address race relations

Mayor proposes task force to address race relations

Consultant would help officials identify problems, seek solutions By Ed Nadolski Editor in Chief Burlington Mayor Jeannie Hefty said she bristles each time she reads a newspaper story or social media post in which someone labels Burlington a racist community. “I have rejected that from the beginning,” Hefty said when […]

 
 

District’s attorney handles probe of BHS teacher

District’s attorney handles probe of BHS teacher

Officials want third party to investigate claims, ensure due process By Jason Arndt Staff Writer Burlington High School teacher Jeff Taff, already under investigation for an alleged inappropriate lesson plan, faces a new accusation and remains on non-disciplinary paid administrative leave. The accusations, according to Burlington Area School District officials, […]

 
 

In this week’s Standard Press…

In this week’s Standard Press…

      Burlington Mayor Jeannie Hefty acknowledges that, like most communities, Burlington has residents who may be racist, but she said the Burlington she knows is a welcoming and inclusive community with a long history of helping people of color dating back to the days of the Underground Railroad. However, Hefty […]

 
 

Future of Echo Lake dam lies in city’s hands

Future of Echo Lake dam lies in city’s hands

Officials face major decision on future of dam, lake By Jason Arndt Staff Writer The Echo Lake dam in Burlington has been apart of the community for nearly two centuries. Peter Riggs, the city’s Director of Public Works, said on Monday the Echo Lake dam was originally constructed of brush […]

 
 

BASD addresses racist incidents

BASD addresses racist incidents

District says students were disciplined, referred to police By Jason Arndt Staff Writer The Burlington Area School District took a rare step last week when it released findings from a series of investigations related to racially motivated incidents inside and outside school grounds. The district, which has been criticized by […]

 
 

Red sky at night

Red sky at night

The sky over Echo Lake was aflame with fiery hues as the sun set over Burlington on Tuesday evening. The brilliant display – coming on a day when the temperature climbed above 40 degrees for the first time in more than a month – was perhaps a much-needed reward from […]

 
 

In this week’s Standard Press…

In this week’s Standard Press…

      School districts typically don’t release information regarding disciplinary action against students. But the Burlington Area School District – criticized by some in recent months for its handling of racially charged incidents – took the extraordinary step last week of announcing how it handled a series of incidents that occurred […]

 
 

Town voters trim list of board candidates

Town voters trim list of board candidates

Czaplewski, Fliss advance to April 6 election for Town Board By Jason Arndt Staff Writer Voters in the Town of Burlington advanced supervisor candidates Neal Czaplewski and Brian Fliss to the April 6 Spring Election in Tuesday’s lone local primary race, according to unofficial tallies from the Racine County Clerk’s […]

 
 

In this week’s Standard Press…

In this week’s Standard Press…

It’s been nearly a year since a global coronavirus pandemic was declared and recent trends suggest the number of cases here is on a steady decline. Whether that trend is a function of the usual post-holiday winter hibernation or some other combination of factors remains to be seen. However, with […]

 
 

BASD plans to move administrative offices

BASD plans to move administrative offices

Swap could cost as much as $1.5 million, officials estimate By Jason Arndt Staff Writer The Burlington Area School District advanced plans to relocate its district office to the district-owned building at 209 Wainwright Avenue following approval from the School Board Monday. The building is adjacent to Karcher Middle School […]

 
 
 
 
 

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