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District 65 School Board Approves Contingency Plan in the Event the Referendum Fails
The District 65 School Board unanimously approved cuts of $5.1 million for the 2017-18 school year (FY’18). Forty-nine staff positions, including 30 teaching positions, would be eliminated if the District’s operating referendum is not approved.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
District 65 Presents Contingency Plan in the Event the Referendum Fails
On March 13, Superintendent Paul Goren presented his recommendations for $5.1 million in cuts for the 2017-18 school year, and an additional $3.7 million in cuts for the following year. The cuts will be necessary if the District’s operating referendum is not approved by voters in the April 4 election.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Information Session on District 65 Referendum, Some Q & As
On March 1, School District 65 hosted a forum at Chute Middle School to provide information about the District’s $14.5 million operating referendum that will appear on the April 4 ballot.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
ETHS Students in School Activities Earn Better Grades, Report Says
Evanston Township High School students who participate in at least one school-sponsored activity earn higher GPAs than students who do not, according to a recent report to the District 202 School Board.  Nearly half of all students participate in at least one club
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Committee to Send Transgender Locker Room Policy to Board
Members of the Policy Committee of the District 202 School Board said they will submit a written policy to the full Board that would permit transgender students to use the locker room facilities of the gender with which they identify.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Building on Experience
On March 18, the Geometry in Construction class at Evanston Township High School held another Community Build Day with members of the Evanston community joining ETHS students and faculty in the school’s south parking lot to help construct a two-story house.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Information Session on Referendum on March 23
In an effort to help our community better understand the district's financial situation and what this referendum would entail, Y.O.U. will be hosting an informational meeting at our new youth center and headquarters.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Officer and Gentlemen Academy Begins
Bryon Harris and Adrian Harries of School District 65 and Officer Adam Howard of the Evanston Police Department kicked off the Officer and Gentlemen Academy on March 4 at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center. The three will act as facilitators of this 12-Week program for young black males from Nichols Middle School, which aims to bridge the gap between confidence and success. 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
District 65 Committee Considers Policy to Ensure Racial and Educational Equity
“This is going to be a framework for us to look at how we are going to be able to eliminate bias, particularly racial and cultural bias, as factors affecting student achievement and learning experiences,” said Ms. Wallace.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
District 65 Considers Increasing Class Sizes
District 65 administrators recommended that the School Board increase class size guidelines by five students for kindergarten through fifth grades, if the referendum does not pass.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Concern Raised About International Travel Program at ETHS
Details of six international trips planned for ETHS students in the 2017-18 school year were presented to the District 202 School Board at its Feb. 27 meeting. During the discussion, the question that has been asked for the last few years, surfaced again: do all students have equitable access to these trips?
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
NU-ETHS Partnership is 'Intentional, Deliberate, and Important'
Leaders from Northwestern University spoke with members of the District 202 School Board about the status of the two schools’ current partnership efforts. The groups agreed: Northwestern University and Evanston Township High School relations have come a long way.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
D65 Life/Safety Survey Recommends $38 Million in Building Work
The survey dentifies work that is either required or recommended for the District’s 16 school buildings and the Joseph E. Hill Administration Building. The total estimated cost of the work identified in ARCON’s life/safety survey is $38.3 million.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
District 65 School Board Approves $14.5 Million Operating Referendum
On Jan. 10, the District 65 School Board adopted, by a 6-0 vote, a resolution to place a $14.5 million operating referendum on the ballot for the April 4, 2017 election.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
D65 Committee Recommends $14.5 Million Referendum
District 65's Finance Committee has recommended that the Board place a $14.5 million operating referendum on the ballot for the April 4, 2017, election.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
District 65 Takes Holistic Approach to Address Black and Hispanic Achievement
When asked what are the five most important things the District is doing to improve black and Hispanic student achievement, Dr. Goren said 1) focusing on improving reading at the K-3 grade levels, 2) focusing on students in the bottom quartile, 3) providing social and emotional learning, 4) providing equity training for all employees and the Board, and 5) focusing on hiring people of color.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
District 65's Early Childhood Program Starts at Birth
“It’s important to underline the fact that every student that comes into our preschool program has risk factors and that’s how they come into our program,” said Ms. Bartz. “We work with these children to help them develop. The program is very extensive.”
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
District 65 School Board Considers $13.5 Million Referendum
Paul Goren, Superintendent of School District 65, recommends that the Board place a $13.5 million operating referendum on the ballot for the April 4, 2017, election. If approved, the referendum would provide an additional $13.5 million in funding on an annual basis for education, including classroom instruction, support services, and operations. The infusion of funding is necessary to sustain the District for the next eight years, said Dr. Goren.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Superintendent Presents Context for District 65's Grim Budget Outlook
Several factors contribute to a structural deficit at the District, in which expenditures continually outpace revenues. These factors include State-imposed tax caps that are tied to the consumer price index (CPI), the frozen State budget, increases in student enrollment, teachers’ salaries increasing at a pace faster than the growth of the CPI, and increased demands placed upon school districts.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
District 65 Board Hears Timeline for Referendum Decision
District 65 administrators presented a timeline for meetings and community input that would position the Board to decide in January whether or not to place a referendum on the April 4, 2017, ballot.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
District 65 Budget Balanced by a Thread
A $73,000 surplus is keeping the School District 65 budget balanced this year. No community members spoke at the District’s Sept. 26 public hearing, and the Board approved the budget unanimously. Operating revenues for fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, are projected at $114,294,000 and operating expenditures at $114,221,000.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
District 65 Forced to Prioritize and Limit Capital Expenditures
At the Oct. 5 District 65 Finance Committee meeting, Mary Brown presented a list of capital projects that administrators are recommending for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 (FY’16), together with a list of capital projects for the next eight years. The lists prioritize projects, and include only those that the District can afford.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
D65 Opens Discussion on Possible Referendum, Wlll Form a Budget Task Force
At the District 65 Finance Committee meeting on May 11, members of the School Board held a wide-ranging discussion on how to address the District’s projected operating deficits, and how to reach a decision about a potential operating referendum and a capital referendum.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
D65 Finance Committee Puts Potential Referenda Into a 'Holding Pattern'
On Sept. 15 the Finance Committee of the District 65 School Board decided to defer moving ahead with either a capital referendum or an operating referendum until the District completed its strategic plan and until legislators in Springfield decide whether they would revamp the way the State funds education and whether and to what extent they would shift the cost of funding teacher pensions from the State to the local school districts.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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