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The Joseph E. Hill Early Childhood Center, which a report said is the only District 65 building in good condition. (RoundTable file photo)

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 is considering a 20-year, $189 million overhaul that would rebuild, repair and upgrade the district’s facilities.

Deputy Superintendent LaTarsha Green stressed the report by Cordogan, Clark and Associates, an architectural, planning and engineering firm, was purely for “planning and information purposes,” not something to which the district has committed.

But presenters said the team developing the Facilities Master Plan unveiled at the Feb. 15 committee meeting will work with the Student Assignment Project team, which may redraw school attendance area boundaries.


Link 1.0 and Link 2.0 (right) in a rendering, looking northeast from the alley.

Land swaps are not common in Evanston, but developers are proposing one in the Emerson Street-Sherman Avenue area to move a major expansion project forward

Focus Developers and CA Ventures seek to construct a nine-story, 228-unit residential building just to the north and behind The Link apartments on Emerson, on land used for parking by Sherman Gardens Co-Op. In exchange, they would build a two-story garage for the co-op on the site of the nearby Byline Bank and a now-demolished restaurant.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 14 cases were reported Monday, Feb. 14, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 19 cases per day.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

At this time: 9:11 a.m. Tuesday. Site superintendent Fazel “Peter” Alexander climbs to the roof of Evanston’s newest backyard home, or accessory dwelling unit. The two-bedroom house in the back of 1930 Jackson Ave. will be the first ADU rented to low-income tenants and the first built behind a duplex. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

False report of knife-wielding man near Hinman and Davis briefly disrupts schools, police say. Some Evanston schools were briefly disrupted Tuesday by a report of a man wielding a knife against hostages nearby, but authorities who responded found no such incident taking place.

Snowballer seen on Wesley Avenue. (RoundTable photo)

The Lighthouse Keeper sees … In the latest column, the Lighthouse Keeper looks at infrastructure improvements and new capital projects planned across Evanston.

Council adds COVID-19 vaccine/testing mandate for boards, commissions and committees. Members of city boards, commissions and committees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or test negative within 24 hours in advance of any in-person meetings.

A preview of Hewn’s bread collection. (Photo provided)

Hewn bakery continues to rise. After almost a decade filled with expansions, moves, a pandemic and multiple awards, Hewn bakery doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.

Cast members from “Something’s Rotten!” (Submitted photo)

Theater review: ‘Something Rotten!’ is exactly what we need right now. It’s time to reserve a seat at the Ethel M. Barber Theater at Northwestern to attend the musical presented by a cast of multitalented students.

An open letter to District 202: Please, no metal detectors. Katherine Walts addresses the conversation about a weapons detection system at ETHS, arguing that installing metal detectors would be a reactionary effort with unintended psychological impacts on students.

ETHS girls basketball: Wildkits press past Niles West in regional debut. With full-court pressure piling up turnovers against foe after foe, Evanston did it again Tuesday at Beardsley Gym, beating Niles West 48-19.

ETHS boys basketball: Kits conclude regular season with 58-43 crossover win. Evanston’s defense showed that it was playoff-ready Tuesday in Highland Park. So did senior center Jack Tully.


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Around the web

Every player on the Evanston Wildkits girls varsity hockey team was named a Metro Girls League Academic Award Recipient. It is the first and only time an entire team has received this award, bestowed on players with an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher.

A look inside Blank’s UW-Madison administration. In part two of North by Northwestern’s series on incoming NU president Rebecca Blank, student journalist Grace Deng dives into controversies over Blank’s tenure at University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she is chancellor.

It’s ‘Premature’ To end mask mandates, Biden Says. While Illinois’ statewide mask mandate is set to end Feb. 28, President Joe Biden told NBC’s Lester Holt in an interview that removing mask requirements now is “probably premature.”

Families of Sandy Hook victims reach $73 million settlement with Remington. In the first damages award of this magnitude against a U.S. gun manufacturer in a mass shooting, Remington’s insurers will pay nine families of victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School.


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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...