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A District 65 Finance Committee on Sept. 20. (RoundTable photo)

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

Last night, the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board posted an open letter to the community on the district website expressing disappointment and frustration with the City Council’s rejection last week of a proposed Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the district.

The IGA that City Council did not approve would have required School District 65 to “make good faith efforts to pursue the establishment of a school within the TIF District or the Fifth Ward without a referendum to the extent permitted by law.”  

“This is extremely disappointing and, unfortunately, not the first time that City actions have been misleading,” the statement said.

A crossing guard at work in Evanston. (Photo by Bob Seidenberg.)

For the last two decades, the city has shouldered the full cost of crossing guard services at all District 65 schools and some private schools, but that could change in the near future after City Council’s budget discussion on Monday.

Looking to shed the $650,000 in cost – and perhaps some of the headaches that come with managing the service – Council members discussed approaching the schools about a 50/50 cost-sharing arrangement for next year, and phasing out the city’s share entirely down the road.

COVID by the numbers: 11 new cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is eight.

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Mural by Tyrue “Slang” Jones on Green Bay at Central (RoundTable photo)

In the latest edition of their column, the Lighthouse Keeper looks at three new murals that artists have painted in Evanston, which show messages promoting the fight against climate change and efforts to end structural racism.

Tyrue “Slang” Jones created the mural shown in the above image. “Birds of Concern,” as Jones named the mural, features three Evanston birds whose populations are in decline due to climate change and loss of habitat: a redheaded woodpecker, an American kestrel and a Blackburnian warbler.

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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...