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Evanston City Council members were split in their first real discussion of the number of votes that should be needed to remove a City Manager, with some maintaining a change in the rule could hurt the City’s chances of attracting candidates for the now-open position. 

At the Oct. 4 Rules Committee meeting, Council members discussed a referral from 8th Ward Council member Devon Reid calling for the number to be reduced from seven to six of the 10-member Council – the nine ward representatives and the Mayor – in the case of removal of the City’s top executive.

District 65 is experiencing a return of students thanks to in-person learning, and while enrollment is closer to this year’s projections, it still is lower than pre-pandemic numbers.

At this time last year, there were large variances (differences in projected versus actual enrollment) in five grades throughout the District, reported Sarita Smith, Manager of Student Assignments, who presented at the Sept. 27 School Board meeting.

Smith said that as of two weeks ago, kindergarten enrollment was 641, a sizable decrease from the projected 722 students. “That’s a variance of 81. But we had a variance last year of about 141. So again, vast difference from what we did last year, obviously opening schools has helped drastically with that variance.”

COVID-19 by the numbers: Eleven new cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is 14.

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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...