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BASD School Board candidate profiles coming soon

Look for profiles of the six candidates competing to advance to the April 3 School Board election in the Burlington Area School District to be posted on this site early Sunday morning. The candidates – incumbents John Anderson and Susan Kessler, and challengers Scott Elbein, Philip Ketterhagen, Roger Koldeway and […]



Frank Clayton “Clay” Zinn, III, 61, Burlington, formerly of Kenosha, died Feb. 4, 2012, at his residence. He was born July 21, 1950, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Frank and Bonita (Freeman) Zinn II. Survivors include his daughter, Amber (Jeff) Justice and their children Ayden and Maddox Justice; his […]


The great insurance debate

BASD costs are the lowest in area, even without staff member contributions By Ed Nadolski Editor in Chief A comparison of nine area school districts shows taxpayers in the Burlington Area School District pay the least for health insurance for teachers and other staff, even though the district does not […]


Cat’s Pajamas to perform at BHS Friday

Cat’s Pajamas to perform at BHS Friday

The Cat’s Pajamas Vocal Band, a five-member a cappella group, will perform Friday at the Burlington High School Auditorium. The group launched a successful tour after appearing on the television show, “The Sing-Off.” The concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children, students and seniors […]


Cultivating special interests

Cultivating special interests

St. Charles School student Abigail Weiler balances a cookie on her forehead as she competes in the “Minute to Win It” game during the school’s Special Interest Day recently. The object of the game is to move the cookie from the forehead to the mouth without using your hands. Community […]


LETTER: It takes the right candidate to build the school district’s ‘brand’

                  After attending the candidate forum for the open seats on the Burlington Area School District Board of Education, I had a few thoughts.                    It seems that a lot of people want government, and public schools to operate like a business. OK, let’s go there.  What is the buzzword […]


LETTER: Current School Board members are part of the problem

                   Bill Gates of Microsoft recently concluded that America’s K-12 school system is failing if not broken. This is after donating millions of dollars to groups/schools with no appreciable improvement in student achievement.                   The most recent standardized international tests show shocking evidence that the average U.S. high school senior […]


LETTER: Those who create jobs, pay taxes should be thanked, not vilified

                  Once again, President Obama is targeting, demonizing, denigrating, demagoging, and trying to punish the 1 percent. He wants them to be ashamed that they are successful.  He wants to create the impression that there is something wrong with success, that they didn’t earn it, that they don’t deserve it. […]


BASD plans to refinance debt

Adviser touts historically low interest rates By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer With interest rates at an all-time low, Burlington Area School District officials listened to a pitch to refinance a portion of its debt Monday night – and made the decision to recommend that move to the full board. Lisa […]



Cecelia E. “Cele” Ketterhagen, 92, Burlington, died Feb. 12, 2012, at Personally Yours Elder Care in Waterford. She was born on the family farm in Brighton on Feb. 9, 1920, to the late Albert and Lucy (Warren) David. She grew up in Brighton and was a graduate of St. Charles […]


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