Enrollment at Evanston Middle Schools to Swell
District 65 Capacity Issues
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
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 through a $20 million bond issuance referendum 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 recently-failed $48-million referendum, but without $21 million toward the construction of a new 5th Ward school or $8 million for repairs to three other schools, the newly-proposed referendum would clock in at less than half the price. Get top Evanston headlines delivered to your inbox each morning by signing up for our free …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The $20 million bond issuance referendum would fund additions to Haven and Nichols.
At least one District 65 School Board member favors addressing district capacity problems through a second bond issuance referendum, according to an Evanston Review article. At Monday night’s school board meeting, Board Member Andrew Pigozzi called for the district to fund additions to Haven and Nichols middle schools through a $20 million dollar bond issuance referendum that would appear on the ballot during November’s presidential election. The district’s recently-failed referendum included money for these additions, but also asked for $21 million for the construction of a new 5th Ward school and $8 million for repairs to Bessie Rhodes, King Lab and Chute. District capacity concerns stem from a pair of five-year enrollment projections …
Monday, April 9, 2012
The board must balance spending concerns with current class-size guidelines.
The sole agenda of Monday night’s District 65 School Board meeting will be to tackle the imminent issues surrounding classroom capacity needs arising throughout the district. Billed as a preliminary discussion, the meeting will serve to rehash old ideas and information presented when the district was planning for its recently-failed bond issuance referendum, but will also act as a platform for board members to propose new approaches to solving capacity problems. The Problem Based on D65’s five-year enrollment projections -- created in early November to plan for future staffing requirements, space usage, transportation needs and other planning purposes -- the district grew by over 200 students this past year, will expand by another 100-plus…