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New proposed elementary school boundaries in black. (SAP Committee)

Good Monday morning, Evanston.

After nearly a year of meetings, on Sunday Evanston/Skokie School District 65 went public for the first time with the two scenarios developed as part of the Student Assignment Project that has been examining school attendance areas.

Both scenarios would create a Fifth Ward school and close the Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies. They would also result in less racially diverse schools.

At Thursday’s Fifth Ward meeting, Evanston Water Production Bureau Chief Darrell King introduced two new financial assistance programs for low-income residents to pay off water-related expenses.

Additionally, Juleya Woodson, Project Manager at the Youth Job Center, discussed a new program to encourage 18- to-29-year-old residents to become entrepreneurs.

(Photo by Richard Cahan)

At This Time: Sunday at 9:16 a.m. Abby Yasuzawa of Denison University faces Northwestern’s Celia Crompton at the Central Collegiate Fencing Conference meet at the Welsh-Ryan Arena. It was the last meet for Northwestern seniors in Evanston. “It’s such a great sport for learning how to face challenges mentally,” said Northwestern Coach Zach Moss, whose team recruits 35 women from all over the world. “There’s such a significant psychological component: overcoming fear, anxiety and stress.” The Wildcats finished second in the six-team tournament. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Week in Photos: In Tuesday’s newsletter we’ll share a roundup of photos taken throughout the past week. What were you up to in the last seven days? Send your photos to news@evanstonroundtable.com!

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Students sort lunch waste (District 65 Climate Action Teams Facebook)

Getting serious about going green: District 65 to hire sustainability coordinator. For years, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 staff members have discussed establishing a sustainability coordinator. Now the district is finally hiring for the part-time job. For District 65 Climate Action Teams, it’s a huge win.

Hecky’s Barbeque owner Cheryl Judice, widow to Hecky Powell, is also an author and professor.

Carrying on with tradition at Hecky’s Barbeque. In the latest episode of “People You Should Know,” former Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl speaks with Cheryl Judice about carrying on as the business owner of Hecky’s Barbeque.

ETHS names new girls cross-country coach. Beth Arey has been named the new head girls cross-country coach at Evanston Township High School. A standout runner herself at Downers Grove North and Lewis University, Arey will try to continue the success the Wildkits achieved during her predecessor’s tenure

When a gift falls short, can I be honest? Dear Gabby, my husband has cancer, and people are very kindly sending us meals. One friend in particular decided to try a new company that does home delivery of healthy meals. Unfortunately, we didn’t really enjoy the food, and some of what he sent already went to waste.

Letter to the editor: No reason to lower our sights on literacy. As the lead author of the Joint Literacy Goal adopted in 2014 by the District 65 and District 202 boards of education, I was dismayed to read … that the leaders of the two school districts are recommending that the goal be “revised.”

ETHS girls wrestling: Ramirez, Flores score wins at state finals. Ariana Flores and Alize Ramirez came away from the girls Illinois High School Association state wrestling tournament disappointed, but still made a contribution to a historic season for the sport.

Credit: Joerg Metzner

Picturing Evanston. The unique window decoration at the Main Street Post Office, on Main Street and Custer Avenue. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

ETHS boys swimming: Diver earns 6th at IHSA state finals. Aryeh Lesch Lesch piled up 61 points on the final dive of his high school career and moved up from seventh to sixth place with a final 11-dive score of 485.65 points.

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Around the web

Mask mandates end today in Chicago and Illinois. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker earlier this month announced the statewide mask requirement would end Feb. 28 if COVID-19 metrics continued to decline.

Chicago Ukraine protests: Truck caravan, archdiocese, Pritzker and Lightfoot seek to show solidarity. Hundreds of people filled the streets, covering an entire city block in Ukrainian Village, to show support for Ukraine.

Northwestern’s labor force continues to clash with the university over unionization efforts. “The status quo of the relationship between NU and labor is one of exploitation,” said Northwestern junior Neva Legallet.

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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...