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Would You Support a Revised D65 Referendum?

A school board member proposed a $20 million bond issuance referendum.

At Monday night's board meeting, District 65 School Board member Andrew Pigozzi had suggested that the district might address capacity problems that would likely appear on the ballot during November’s presidential election.

The revised approach would fund additions to Haven and Nichols middle schools.

Funding for the middle school additions was included in the district’s , but without $21 million toward the construction of a or $8 million for repairs to three other schools, the newly-proposed referendum would clock in at less than half the price.

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So what do you think?

Does the new proposal’s lowered cost make it more enticing? Would you support a referendum lacking the promise of a new 5th Ward school? Should the district stay the course and only spend money as needed? If you oppose big spending, how should D65 address pressing capacity issues?

Let Patch and community members know where stand by voting in the poll below and posting your opinions in the comment section. 

Richard Schulte April 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Until the school district stops wasting our taxpayer dollars, the district shouldn't be given anymore taxpayer dollars. A top-to-bottom review of every dollar spent by the school district should be done. It's time to get rid of over-compensated administrators, teachers and support staff. The school district has more than enough money to build the new school and new additions to existing schools without any additional taxpayer dollars. Teachers should not be paid any more than our police officers and fire fighters (for only 8 months of work). That means that teachers are going to have to take a pay cut. Oh well, if they don't like it they can always get jobs as CEO's of Fortune 500 companies-the teachers keep telling us how much they could have made in the private sector-let them go out in the private sector and find out how much they are actually worth.
Jim April 12, 2012 at 03:06 PM
NO. Stop already. No one has any more money. Please stop! Now we definitely need a new school board.
Jim Osburn April 12, 2012 at 11:06 PM
What's with these anti-democratic elitists? The people resondingly voted NO to the bond issue at the election, but, like whining toddlers in a candy store, they are begging and scheming to get their way. Richard Schulte has the right idea: time for new, more responsive members of the school boards (both 65 & 202).
michael April 13, 2012 at 03:14 PM
We need one board for both districts and do away with the Township. Cut all these unnecessary expenses. Tell us what the new Teachers contract is going to cost and if you will need to increase taxes in the operating budget. Maybe then we can make an informed decission.
Jim April 13, 2012 at 06:33 PM
The arrogance the school board is breathtaking. The voters said no and the know-it-alls cannot take no for an answer. The enrollment projections are based on ethereal assumptions and may not be true or accurate at all and yet the people on the school board who have to do "something" want to spend whatever to solve a problem which may not exist at taxpayer expense. Now let me see if I can get this right; there was a school in the 5th ward which was closed and sold because of unfairness. And now because of unfairness of that decision the school board wants to build a new school where the old school was at taxpayer expense and upgrade other schools at taxpayer expense when the same school board has not been able to manage it's operating budget for several years. They asked the taxpayers who said no and now want to ask the same taxpayers to fork over slightly less money to increase capacity based on very uncertain assumptions when the population of Evanston is decreasing. Did I get that close to correct or am I delusional because I live in Evanston?
lucas April 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Your right on Jim. This same board prior to the last election couldn't decide if it had a surplus of around a million dollars or a deficit around 4 and haf million. they decided to say it was a surplus. Clueless in Evanston
Alan Goldberg April 15, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Two thoughts come to mind. 1) I have lived in Evanston for 35 years and this is not the first time the schools have failed to properly mainting the roofs and infrastructure with regular maintenance. The school board needs to prioritize regualr expenditures for physical maintenence sowe do not need to have major physical deteriorization that requires major tax increases. 2) The whole issue and discussion of a new school in the fifth ward needs to be preceeded by a discussion on what and how the Evanston community needs to think, feel and do about the concept of integration in the schools. What happened to the 60/40 policy? That went away a long time ago. The entire concept of who gets to go to a neighborhood school and who gets to take a bus, needs to be discussed, openly. some people have the choice of going to a magnet school or a neighborhood school; some have the choice of a magnet school or bussed to another school. It is more than just boundaries. In the past, some kids did not have the choice of going to a magnet school because if they chose a magnet school, their neighborhood school would become more out of balance. I don't think it is an easy discussion or that there is an easy answer, but the community needs to talk about it before voting on it.
Sally April 15, 2012 at 07:42 PM
The community has been discussing integration and a 5th ward school for years. And years. You are welcome to jump in and join. The 60/40 policy is no longer legal. Years ago the supreme court ruled against the use of race in school admission plans. As a matter of fact, many feel that d 65's current districting is in violation of this ruling. The magnet schools are used to balance enrollment at neighborhood schools. Anyone can apply and depending on projected class sizes at the neighborhood schools, students are chosen for the magnets. Every neighborhood school is represented at the magnets.
mij April 15, 2012 at 09:33 PM
SAlly Check your facts.
IDS April 16, 2012 at 05:05 AM
No, I would not vote in favor of giving tbe school board more money. We cannot afford our current obligations and they wasnt us to go deeper into debt?
Will Stokes April 16, 2012 at 03:58 PM
This is the standard m.o. of the teachers unions and the education establishment elites as a whole. When they lose elections, they just keep coming back until they wear down their adversaries (i.e. the taxpayers who foot the bill.) How anti-democratic -- but they don't care. Just look at West Northfield elem. district. They lost in the Fall, they came back and narrowly squeaked out a win in the spring. But just why are teacher's salaries, perks and fat pensions never on the table? Why are across-the-board salary cuts never on the agenda? Take a look at the dist 65 salaries: http://bit.ly/gsNo3T And if CCSD 65 is so broke, why is it mulling over whether to shell out 6 figure contracts to a radical West coast outfit for "racial equity assessments" and "diversity training seminars?" : http://bit.ly/gZPpXg

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