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D65 Administrators Present Three-Year Plan To Improve Student Achievement

On Aug. 18, School District 65 administrators presented to members of the School Board a three-year plan containing three goals and numerous strategies to improve academic achievement, improve the District’s facilities, and maintain financial solvency. The plan brings together in one document many of the strategies the District has implemented in the past few years […]

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District 65 Schools Opened Yesterday Without Teachers’ Contract in Place

The negotiating teams for the District 65 School Board and the District Educators’ Council (DEC, the teachers’ union) reached a tentative agreement for a contract between the School Board and DEC on July 17, the terms of which have been kept confidential. Neither DEC nor the School Board has voted on the contract. DEC’s negotiating […]

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ETHS Considers Corporate Partnerships to Increase Revenues and Enhance Student Opportunities

In an effort to generate additional revenue streams at Evanston Township High School, the District 202 School Board is considering entering into corporate partnerships in which money and other services would be exchanged for naming rights to athletic facilities as well as other publicity vehicles. Athletic Director Chris Livatino, who told the Board that he […]

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Preparing for What a Community Hopes Will Never Happen

While teachers polished their lesson plans and custodians polished floors in anticipation of last week’s first day of school, safety personnel gathered at Evanston Township High School to hone skills for something everyone hopes will never happen – a school disaster. Bomb and hostage squads from the Cook County Sheriff’s Department briefed safety staff from […]

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D65 Board Approves New Assistant Superintendent and Other Positions

Michael Robey was appointed Assistant Superintendent of School Operations and School Improvement for School District 65 on Aug. 18. He previously served as an assistant principal in Northbrook, a middle school principal in Bensenville and most recently assistant superintendent for Triad Community District 2 in Troy, Ill. Before serving in administrative positions, Mr. Robey was […]

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D65’s Tentative Budget: $90.8 Million Operating Expenses, $115.9 Million in All

The District 65 School Board unanimously approved a tentative budget for its fiscal year ending June 30, 2009 (FY 09) at its Aug. 18 meeting that pegs operating expenses at $90.8 million and total expenses at $115.9 million. On a big-picture basis, the operating budget is balanced; and no cuts are projected. Key assumptions include […]

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District 202 Approves Tentative Balanced Budget Amid Concerns for Future

Although the District 202 School Board tentatively approved a balanced budget for the 2008-09 school year at its Aug.18 meeting, predictions for the future were not so positive.“We’re in good shape because we’re providing you with a balanced budget this year,” said Chief Financial Officer William Stafford, “but that being said, we have a pretty […]

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Flaws in Scoring 2008 ISATs Delay Results

The Illinois State Board of Education is “re-equating and rescoring” the 2008 Illinois Standard Achievement Tests (ISATs), says State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch in messages posted on the State Board’s website. He said the State Board noticed “unanticipated results” and “unanticipated shifts” when reviewing the original 2008 ISAT results. “There have been both noticeable increases […]