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School District 202 CFO Proposes $8 Million in Bonds for Basic Capital Projects

District 202 should issue $4 million in bonds for capital improvements in 2012, and again in 2014, Chief Financial Officer William Stafford told the Board at its most recent Finance Committee meeting, just in order to keep up with building maintenance needs. He also said that operating expenses and revenues for FY 2012 are in […]

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District 202 Considers Block Scheduling To Promote Student Well-Being

School District 202 is considering a change to its daily schedule, moving toward a “block schedule” approach that would feature fewer class periods of 84 minutes rather than the current 42-minute periods. “The core reason for implementing a new schedule would be to support student well-being,” read Assistant Superintendent/Principal Oscar Hawthorne from the report he […]

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District 202 Board Reviews Equity Work in the Wake of Discord

A review of School District 202’s work addressing issues of race and achievement with the support of the Pacific Educational Group (PEG) was presented at the Dec. 12 Board meeting against a backdrop of several earlier meetings that were punctuated by periodic displays of discord, emotion and misunderstanding associated, in part, with discussions about the […]

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Earned-Honors Credit Biology to be Implemented at ETHS in Fall 2012

After much debate among Board members and significant support for the measure in public comment at the Nov. 21 meeting, the D202 School Board voted 5-2 to implement the earned honors credit model for biology for the fall of 2012. This completes Superintendent Eric Witherspoon’s initiative to “restructure the freshman experience” and to prepare “vastly […]

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Summer School Serves More Freshmen; Board Questions Financing, Scheduling

Many more incoming freshmen enrolled in summer school at Evanston Township High School in 2011 than before, according to a report presented to the District 202 School Board at its Oct. 24 meeting. “That’s a trend you want to see,” said assistant superintendent/principal Oscar Hawthorne. “They are taking advantage of the springboard programs we offer.” […]

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Discussion of Earned-Honors Biology at ETHS Heats Up

A familiar blend of caution and urgency combined during the Nov. 7 District 202 School Board meeting, where discussion continued about the proposed new curriculum and the earned-honors-credit approach for the biology course, taken by most students in their freshman year. Administrators say the newly designed curriculum is more rigorous, aligned with the College Board’s […]

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ETHS Opening of School Report Shows Increase in Overall District 202 Population

The number of students attending Evanston Townshp High Schol is the highest it has been since 2006-07, but the percentages of black and special education students have decreased, according to the Opening of School report presented to the School Board on Oct. 24. Enrollment:  2,974 students are enrolled in the District, up from 2,890 last […]

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Freshman Biology Next for Earned Honors Credit at ETHS?

Continuing the efforts of School District 202 to “prepare students to take challenging courses during their four years in high school,” at the Oct. 24 School Board meeting Superintendent Eric Witherspoon recommended adoption of a “revised, more rigorous, more engaging earned-honors-credit biology course, which most students take their freshman year.” Last year, the School Board […]

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D202 Board-Goal Review Mixed; Future Process Offers Opportunity for More Clarity

The District 202 School Board reviewed results of the District’s 2010 -2012 goals and heard about plans for a comprehensive goal-setting process for 2012-2015 at its Sept. 26 meeting. The District has four overall goals: Literacy, Numeracy, Well-Being and Budget/Financial. Many students did not perform well on the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) and did […]