D65 Referendum Fails

With all precincts reporting, the referendum to build a new school is nixed by 55 percent of voters.

Update: 9:29 p.m.

The final tally is in and voters have said no to funding a new District 65 school building.

With all 61 precincts reporting, the 'no' vote won with 55 percent of the vote, a margain they maintained most of the evening. That came out to a total of 1,401 votes more than those supporting the referendum.

See the table below for full results.

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Response Percent Votes No 54.79% 8,020 Yes 45.21% 6,619

Upate: 9:21 p.m.

With all but two of the 61 precincts reporting, the 'no' vote continues to have the lead, which has widened to 1,437 votes.

Update 9:02

With 54 of 61 precincts reporting, the same 55 percent to 45 percent margain is being maintained between the no and yes votes. That's a 1,200 vote difference.

Update 8:15 pm.

With 44 of 61 precincts reporting, those opposed to funding a new D65 school are maintaining a 10 percentage point lead over those in favor of the new school.

Update: 7:48 p.m.

With 23 out of 61 precincts reporting, the race has been remaining steady, with the "no" vote continuing to lead by 10 percent.

Result Total Votes Percentage Yes 2,242 45% No 2,685 55%

Update: 7:37 p.m.

Admittedly, these are very early results. But, with 2 of 53 precincts reporting,it's a close race so far:

Update: 7:01 p.m.

The polls just closed. We'll get results out to you as soon as we hear something. Stay tuned.


Evanston voters are being asked to fund a new D65 school.

Read our previous coverage of the issue and comments from neighbors here:

Ryan G March 21, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Clear vote against - Hardy(ly) Economic tactics; Not supporting the existing infrastructure; cozy business relationships and Take All or Nothing - voters said nothing.
Dianne Sperling March 21, 2012 at 01:15 PM
For me too, this was more a referendum about Hardy rather than money. When D65 BofE gets its head around the fact that it needs a new superintendent (badly), then I'll go for the money.
Chris Granner March 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Agree. To quote something I read the other day, this proposal was "not only baldly wrong, but so wrong that it calls into question anything this [superintendent] proposes."
Mary Erickson March 21, 2012 at 02:27 PM
It is the Board of Ed not the Superintendent who decides to put a referendum out for a vote. The superintendent as the Board's employee must execute their directions. Several years ago a previous Board voted not to go to a referendum for a 5th Ward school and the idea was dropped. Any complaints about this proposal should go to the five board members who supported it.
John Brinkmann March 21, 2012 at 09:59 PM
roll with Mary here people---laying the new school idea on Dr Murpy's doorstep is wrong---and it's the D-65 School Board that keeps giving Hardy contract extensions and pay raises----got a beef--take it up with them---> http://www.district65.net/boardofed/
Martha King March 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I find it deeply disturbing that anyone would vote against a rereferendum that would greatly approve education for the children in our schools because they don't like the superintendent. It isn't the adults that lose here, it's the kids.
lucas March 22, 2012 at 02:22 PM
He was part of the committee>
Dianne Sperling March 22, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Ok, Martha, well maybe I didn't make myself clear. I don't believe that our children's education will improve dramatically until we have better leadership, that includes both the superintendent and the school board. School boards have come and gone, but Murphy remains. Part of having better schools includes addressing bullying in a rigourous manner. When my kids were in 65, Murphy refused to address that issue in any way. It was a profound relief when they moved into 202--Why? Better leadership that recognized and addressed issues preventing better learning.
Martha King March 22, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Dianne, there is a very real and pressing capacity issue in our district. If we wait until everyone is *happy* with the leadership to address it, the children in the district will suffer. Furthermore, I don't envision a day where everyone is in agreement on effective and appropriate leadership so tying that into a referendum vote will guarantee failure each and every time.
Martha King March 22, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Lucas, what commitee?
lucas March 22, 2012 at 09:07 PM
New School-Referendum Committee
Lisa G. March 23, 2012 at 01:08 PM
The was engineered by Hardy Murphy, first to last. Who packed the "new school committee" with his cronies? Who bundled the new school referendum with upgrades to existing schools, in a attempt to generate more support? Who put nothing but positive spin on the D65 website? Four of the five board members who voted to put this on the ballot are just ventriloquist dummies who speak with the superintendent's voice. But of course, you know that, Mary, because you used to be one of those people.
Martha King March 23, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Lucas, I don't know if he was on the new school committee or not but I do know that the board heard the committee's recomendation for a K - 8 school in the 5th ward then spent the better part of a year studying all options before deciding on a K - 5 school.
lucas March 23, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Perhaps you might want to look at District 65 web site and read some of the minutes of the meetings


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