ETHS Principal and incoming Superintendent Marcus Campbell addresses board members Monday, May 9. Credit: ETHS District 202 YouTube

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

After outside consultants reviewed Evanston Township High School’s safety and security, school officials have decided not to install metal detectors or a weapons detection system at the entrances, Principal and incoming Superintendent Marcus Campbell said at Monday night’s meeting of the District 202 School Board. 

“Metal detectors do not serve as a preventive measure against school violence, and ETHS cannot give the impression that a solution has been given to a problem that would still exist,” Campbell said.

In December 2021, just before winter break, ETHS went into a gun-threat lockdown for several hours after a school resource officer found two loaded handguns in the backpacks of students caught smoking marijuana in a bathroom that morning.

Credit: ETHS District 202

Evanston Township High School District 202 on Tuesday morning announced the appointment of Taya Kinzie as Assistant Superintendent and Principal and Scott Bramley as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

Kinzie and Bramley, who both work as administrators in other positions at ETHS, will transition to their new roles July 1, the same day Assistant Superintendent and Principal Marcus Campbell will become the new ETHS superintendent.

Barnacle works to immobilize a car with unpaid parking tickets. Credit: Heidi Randhava

When Evanston vehicle owners pay their annual wheel tax later this year it may be a bit higher, with the extra cost going to help the city reach its climate goals.

At the April 11 Administration and Public Works Committee meeting, Council Member Devon Reid, 8th Ward, proposed a $5 increase in the wheel tax from the current $85 fee. The money raised by the hike would fund initiatives to lower the city’s carbon emissions, part of the Climate Action Resilience Plan.

“I think this is pretty big,” Reid said at the May 9 committee meeting. The increase “will add somewhere between $200,000 to $250,000 a year to our Climate Action Resilience Plan. I think this will be the first dedicated revenue to that fund.”

COVID-19 by the numbers: 31 new cases were reported Monday, May 9, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 54.7 cases per day.

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Volunteers and skilled tradesmen with the nonprofit Rebuilding Together North Suburban Chicago. Credit: Rebuilding Together NSC Credit: Rebuilding Together NSC submitted photo

Nonprofit to donate $20,000 worth of repairs to some reparations recipients. Thanks to a grant from the Evanston Community Foundation, the nonprofit Rebuilding Together North Suburban Chicago has committed to helping some of the 16 reparations recipients repair their homes without touching their $25,000 housing grants.

An Evanston lead service line replacement, as seen in a city presentation. Credit: City of Evanston

Lead service line work could open up job opportunities for some Evanston residents. Six Evanston residents will be hired as part of the city’s effort to replace leaking or broken lead service lines under a workforce development program approved May 9 by the Evanston City Council.

ETHS Board President Pat Savage-Williams at the May 9 meeting. Credit: ETHS District 202 YouTube

Savage-Williams re-elected ETHS board president. Pat Savage-Williams, who first joined the board in 2013, has now served as the board president for seven consecutive years since May 2015, and this next term will take her through nine years as president.

ETHS Foundation raised more than $3 million in donations in one year. During fiscal year 2021 alone – from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021 – the foundation raised more than $3 million in donations and committed more than $1.7 million in grants and scholarships to ETHS.

Local businesses seek support during Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Inspired by the spirit of street markets found in cities, towns and villages in Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander countries around the world, May Mart is an invitation to experience the vibrant diversity of food, art, craft, trade, wares and services of Evanston’s ASPA business owners.

ETHS baseball: Hawks blank Kits 4-0, grab lead in CSL South. In a matchup of two teams seeded 1-2 in the Class 4A Loyola Academy sectional tournament complex, Maine South blanked the Wildkits 4-0 Tuesday at ETHS and moved one game ahead in the loss column in the CSL South standings.

Credit: Sounds Good Choir

Singing seniors to perform free in-person concert on May 13. The Evanston Sounds Good Choir will present its first in-person concert since the pandemic lockdown at 12:15 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, 1427 Chicago Ave.

Letter to the editor: Pioneering in a new age of journalism. “You folks are migrating from a world whose foundations were built on typewriters, Linotypes, printing presses, subscription revenues and advertising, to one built on something new that you guys either understand or are figuring out,” Richard Miller writes to the RoundTable.

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Denver offers homeownership help to those denied opportunity by redlining. Similar to Evanston’s reparations initiative, Denver is now offering housing funds to residents and direct descendants of people who lived in a redlined neighborhood of the city between 1938 and 2000. Denver officials announced the first recipients of its housing benefit on Monday.

Blake drops civil rights lawsuit against Wisconsin officer. Jacob Blake, who grew up in Evanston, has dropped his lawsuit against the Wisconsin police officer who shot him in August 2000 during a domestic disturbance and left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Study finds that Chicago issued half a million parking tickets in error between 2012 and 2018. If you got a parking ticket in Chicago at some point in the six years between 2012 and 2018, there’s roughly a 13% chance that the city gave you a ticket when parking restrictions did not apply, like during street cleaning, for example.

Earth given 50-50 chance of hitting key warming mark by 2026. A team of forecasters told the World Meteorological Organization this week that Earth has a 48% chance of reaching a yearly average temperature 1.5 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels in the 1800s. Scientists have indicated that the 1.5 degree mark could mean disastrous consequences for the globe.

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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...