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  • The District 65 School Board unanimously approved cuts of $5.1 million for the 2017-18 school year (FY’18). Forty-nine staff positions, including 30 teaching positions, would be eliminated if the District’s operating referendum is not approved.
  • In an effort to help our community better understand the district's financial situation and what this referendum would entail, Y.O.U. will be hosting an informational meeting at our new youth center and headquarters.
  • On March 1, School District 65 hosted a forum at Chute Middle School to provide information about the District’s $14.5 million operating referendum that will appear on the April 4 ballot.
  • District 65 administrators recommended that the School Board increase class size guidelines by five students for kindergarten through fifth grades, if the referendum does not pass.
  • Evanston/Skokie residents are invited to learn more about the important work happening in D65 schools, the current financial situation, options to balance the budget, and what a referendum actually means at several upcoming information sessions.
  • The District 65 School Board placed a $14.5 million operating referendum on the ballot for the April 4 election. If the referendum is approved, the District will be permitted to increase its property tax levy by approximately $14.5 million per year. The School Board decided to put the referendum on the ballot after several years of extensive and careful consideration. We think the plan represents a thoughtful way to address the District’s financial position. We support it for three distinct reasons.
  • We’re a diverse group of parents and grandparents, community, faith-based, business and educational leaders, and many other everyday Evanstonians supporting a grassroots effort to save our schools and protect our kids. There’s a vital referendum on the April 4 ballot that we are voting “yes” on to provide our District 65 schools and kids with a fiscal lifeline. We have nowhere else to turn.
  • The survey dentifies work that is either required or recommended for the District’s 16 school buildings and the Joseph E. Hill Administration Building. The total estimated cost of the work identified in ARCON’s life/safety survey is $38.3 million.
  • On Jan. 10, the District 65 School Board adopted, by a 6-0 vote, a resolution to place a $14.5 million operating referendum on the ballot for the April 4, 2017 election.
  • District 65's Finance Committee has recommended that the Board place a $14.5 million operating referendum on the ballot for the April 4, 2017, election.
  • Paul Goren, Superintendent of School District 65, recommends that the Board place a $13.5 million operating referendum on the ballot for the April 4, 2017, election. If approved, the referendum would provide an additional $13.5 million in funding on an annual basis for education, including classroom instruction, support services, and operations. The infusion of funding is necessary to sustain the District for the next eight years, said Dr. Goren.
  • Several factors contribute to a structural deficit at the District, in which expenditures continually outpace revenues. These factors include State-imposed tax caps that are tied to the consumer price index (CPI), the frozen State budget, increases in student enrollment, teachers’ salaries increasing at a pace faster than the growth of the CPI, and increased demands placed upon school districts.
  • District 65 administrators presented a timeline for meetings and community input that would position the Board to decide in January whether or not to place a referendum on the April 4, 2017, ballot.
  • At the Oct. 5 District 65 Finance Committee meeting, Mary Brown presented a list of capital projects that administrators are recommending for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 (FY’16), together with a list of capital projects for the next eight years. The lists prioritize projects, and include only those that the District can afford.
  • At the District 65 Finance Committee meeting on May 11, members of the School Board held a wide-ranging discussion on how to address the District’s projected operating deficits, and how to reach a decision about a potential operating referendum and a capital referendum.
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