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Parents await students at King Arts School. (Photo by Bessie Mbadugha)

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

The school boards for Districts 65 and 202 convened for a joint meeting at King Arts Magnet School Monday night, where members discussed literacy goals for the districts and administrators introduced new collaboration efforts.

Back in January of 2014, the two boards approved a historic joint literacy plan with the goal of working together to ensure that all students are proficient readers by the time they enter their senior year of high school. The agreement represented one of the more robust partnerships between Districts 65 and 202 in recent memory, but board members pointed out on Monday that much of that plan has failed to materialize over the last seven years.

Open letter to the community from the mayor. In a letter to Evanston residents published Tuesday, Mayor Daniel Biss solicited community feedback in the search for the next city manager. Former City Manager Erika Storlie resigned Oct. 8 amid the ongoing investigation into misconduct and abuse on the lakefront.

“Because of what’s at stake for all of Evanston, we are committed to a community-informed search process,” Biss wrote. “I’d like to invite you to provide your feedback through a community survey and an upcoming town hall meeting.”

That meeting will take place over Zoom this Saturday, Oct. 30, and you can join online through this virtual meeting link, which is also available at cityofevanston.org/managersearch.

COVID by the numbers: Nine new cases were reported yesterday in Evanston, and the seven-day average is six. One death was reported on Monday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities of Evanston residents since the beginning of the pandemic to 122.

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The boundaries of the Fifth Ward TIF are outlined in red. (City of Evanston map)

Council approves West Side TIF district, without agreement on Fifth Ward school. Evanston City Council members approved a tax increment finance (TIF) district for the city’s West Side, aiming to bring more economic development to the area. But the agreement didn’t include an intergovernmental agreement with District 65 specifying how some of the tax revenues generated by the TIF would be used to address gentrification and displacement concerns.

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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...