Back on the Block

AURORA — East Aurora School District is in talks to purchase the former Waubonsee campus in the city’s downtown, according to the district’s School Board president. East Aurora School Board President Annette Johnson said the district entered a proposal about a month ago to buy the property for $1.5 million. The property would house East Aurora administrators and eventually a high school program that could bring 500 high school students downtown, she said Friday. The property went up for sale after Wisconsin-based developer Gorman & Company backed out of an agreement in December to purchase the two buildings at 5 E. Galena Blvd. and 14-20 S. Stolp Ave. Before they pulled out of the purchase, Gorman planned to turn the buildings into a mixed-use space for residential lofts, retail and workspaces. Waubonsee resumed marketing the property after the deal felt through, according to Waubonsee spokesman Jim Sibley. When asked about the pending East Aurora purchase, Sibley said Friday that “there are no further details to release at this time.” Johnson said after the property came on the market the district jumped at the chance to make an offer, as it was long on the district’s list of potential properties to buy for long-term expansion. Architects have advised the district to buy and rehab existing structures instead of building new schools, Johnson said, because of the limited space to build inside the district’s boundaries. Johnson said the district has been hesitant to buy land from homeowners, which would decrease the district’s property tax base. If Waubonsee approves the district’s offer, which is the same price the Wisconsin developer offered, Johnson said the property could house the district’s administrators as soon as next school year. Right now the district’s approximately 110 administrators are spread out between...

Library Director to Retire...

Aurora Public Library Executive Director Eva Luckinbill has announced that she will retire before the end of the year. The board will need to retain a library consulting firm to begin the search for the next executive director of the library, Board President John Savage said. Luckinbill has served as the library’s executive director for almost 15 years, since April, 1999. She was hired in June, 1997 as the head of Extension Services (now called “Outreach Services”). “This is going to be a national search and we anticipate that we will get extremely qualified candidates for the job,” Savage said, adding that the board and Luckinbill have been discussing a succession plan for several months in order to have a leadership team in place for the projected opening of the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora in May, 2015. “Eva Luckinbill has served the community well for the past 15 years as an effective leader of the library,” Savage said. “She was instrumental in securing the site for the new library and is now overseeing the construction process, has expanded community outreach (including the procurement of a new bookmobile), oversaw the opening of the new Express Center, and has helped to lead advancements in technology throughout the entire library system,” Savage said. The board plans to hire a search firm before the end of February, Savage added. Savage anticipates a new director will be hired by mid-summer.  Luckinbill will offer her assistance as the new CEO transitions into the administrative role. “Once the new facility is open and the celebrations have ended, the liaison relationship will end and I will become a patron!” Luckinbill said. As the library’s executive director, Luckinbill led the construction of the two-story portion of the Eola Road Branch...

First Fridays: February...

It’s the Year of the Horse – get your social fix! Visit our First Friday venues on Friday, Feb. 7 and get your art on! This month, six venues open their doors for a night of art, music, food, drink and community. First Fridays in Downtown Aurora is Feb. 7. Enjoy art, music, food, drink and more! All venues are open to the public. The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, Pin Up Show, 6 to midnight, 205 N. Broadway If These Walls Could Talk, Ian Mitchell Wallace, 7 to 11 p.m., 32 S. Stolp Ave. David L. Pierce Art & History Center, “30 Years a Historian: Special reception for John Jaros”, 5 to 8 p.m., 20 E. Downer Pl. Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery, NCC Student Art Show, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 23 E. Galena Blvd. Allen + Pepa, Janet Lewis, 5 to 9 p.m., 121 W. Benton St. The Light of the Heart, Art and Love Comes Home, 6 to 8 p.m., 14 W. Downer Pl. Don’t miss March’s First Fridays in Downtown Aurora when at least 5 venues open their...

Meet Riverfront Playhouse...

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5 To Do in 2014

This year is going to be amazing; here is a short list of what to do to be in on the fun! 5. See a Broadway show at the Paramount Theatre. 4. Take the family to SciTech Hands on Museum. 3. Come downtown on the first Friday of the month forFirst Fridays in Downtown Aurora. 2. Attend an event at Culture Stock bookstore. Live music happens every Monday night at 6 p.m. for Music Mondays. 1. Kayak or bike to lunch. Take the river route to your destination this year and enjoy downtown in a whole new way! Want more fun in 2014? Save these dates! El Dia de los Ninos: April 26 2nd 2 None 5K: April 27 Downtown Aurora Taste: May 13 Memorial Day Parade: May 26 Aurora Green Fest, Louche Puce Market & Aurora Farmers Market kick off: June 14 Two Brothers Summer Festival: June 20, 21, & 22 Blues on the Fox: June 27 & 28 Alley Art Festival: Aug. 30...