Officials in the Burlington Area School District are still looking for the right formula for allowing public comments at monthly School Board meetings.

On the heels of a period during which the School Board decided to shut down two meetings because of unruly protests by residents, School Board President Peter Turke said the goal is to allow relevant input in an efficient manner.

On Monday the board approved a new procedure that will increase opportunities for citizen input.

The change is among the top stories in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press. Copies of the newspaper will be available at local retailers on Thursday and subscribers will receive their copies with Thursday’s mail.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:


  • TEACHER CHARGED WITH SEX ASSAULT: A local music teacher accused of several crimes for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old is scheduled for a Dec. 16 preliminary hearing in Racine County Circuit Court. He remained in the Racine County Jail on $500,000 cash bond this week.


  • MAYOR WILL RUN: Burlington Mayor Jeannie Hefty will seek another two-year term in the April election. Hefty told the Standard Press last week she intends to seek “one more term” in an effort to see the city through its decision on the future of the Echo Lake Dam.


  • COURT NEWS: An 18-year-old Kenosha man has been charged with two counts criminal trespassing for allegedly sneaking into a Burlington residence to see a 15-year-old girl on multiple occasions.


  • CITY ADOPTS 2022 BUDGET: The City of Burlington recently adopted its 2022 operating and capital budget of nearly $32 million.


  • COVID ROLLS ON: People with COVID-19 continue to stress hospitals both locally and statewide, according to area health officials. As of Tuesday, state health officials reported another 1,329 confirmed and probable cases in Western Racine County in the previous seven days.


  • BHS’S SHARPSHOOTER: Sharpshooting sophomore Connor Roffers scored a career-high 28 points Tuesday to lead the Burlington Demons to victory over Wilmot in Southern Lakes Conference basketball.


  • LAST-MINUTE GIFTS: The Holiday Gift Guide offers last minute shopping tips and local retailers with unique gift ideas.


  • A DIVERSE OFFERING: With a climbing wall and a coffee shop, the Loop Commons offers a variety of options for people working in non-traditional spaces.