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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. 

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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