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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
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
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
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
Guest Essay: Save Our Schools, Protect Our Kids
We’re a diverse group of parents and grandparents, community, faith-based, business and educational leaders, and many other everyday Evanstonians supporting a grassroots effort to save our schools and protect our kids. There’s a vital referendum on the April 4 ballot that we are voting “yes” on to provide our District 65 schools and kids with a fiscal lifeline. We have nowhere else to turn.
Wednesday, February 22, 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 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 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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