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D-67's Reilly Leaving, Board OKs February Ask

The superintendent resigned, the board OK'd putting a referendum on the Feb. 26 ballot and the district changed the calendar to start school the day after Labor Day.

 

Dr. Jamie Reilly will resign as superintendent of Golf School District 67, which educates children from Morton Grove and Niles, at the end of the school year, it was announced at the district's board meeting Thursday.

The board voted to place a referendum on the Feb. 26 primary election ballot.

The district had asked voters to approve two referendum questions in the March election and voter defeated both. In the Nov. 6 election, voters approved one referendum question, for the construction costs of renovating its two school buildings. 

Earlier: Both referendums lose in Dist. 67 (March)

Earlier: One referendum wins

However, the tax rate increase, which the district wants in order to restore teacher and teacher aide positions and programs it has had to cut, failed. It's that measure that will go on the February ballot. 

Board members also decided to push back the start of school until Sept. 3, 2013, the day after Labor Day, to accommodate the construction that will take place on the buildings over the summer. Reilly suggested that the district could eliminate the Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Day and Pulaski Day holidays, and two days of winter break, in order to keep the schedule on track. She also said school could possibly be held on the Oct. 15 Eid holiday this coming year only. The board deferred identifying specific makeup days, but agreed to notify parents school would start Sept. 3 so that families could plan their summers. 

Patch will continue to report on these issues. 

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Donald India December 10, 2012 at 05:51 PM
SD67 Board has few choices after reducing programs and cutting back in expenses: 1. Ask voters for a tax rate increase. Which they will do every election until passed. 2. Give up and turn the district over to the State Board of Education and let them run the district. 3. Continue to pursue consolidation but every surrounding school district has already said no for the last 20 years. 4. Deannex portions of the district to other districts to 'lighten' SD67 load. Such as the eastern portion of homes on Capri and Emerson surrounded by SD70 Parkview homes. They are only in the district due to a line drawn on a map 100 years ago. Or maybe Niles children should go tot school with other Niles children in SD71 Culver? Children in villages of Golf and Glenview go to school in Glenview after these areas deannexed from SD67. But this is not an easy process. ------ So 5. revert to #1 and / or #2. I believe if #2 is selected the State has the authority to automatically raise rates to meet the needs of the district. So at least with #1 the voters get a say.
Donald India December 10, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Since the school office is closed on Christmas Eve December 24, Nomination papers for School Board member ends December 26 at the of the work day. Objections to the nominations ends Janaury 4 at the of the work day. Anyone interested in running for the school board only needs 50 registered voters signatures to get placed on the ballot for April 9. But it is going to be a lot of work for board memebers these next 4 years so be prepared to dedicate a great deal of time.
Concerned December 10, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Is the district trying to sneak this one through during a light primary election - Shame on you! I will vote NO and work hard to make sure my neighbors do the same - I am also considering putting together a list of salaries and raises over the last 5 years by teacher (it is public) and sending it to D67 residents or maybe publishing it as an op-ed in the Champion. This will allow the residents to compare it to their raises and benefits they received over the last five years Guess who go the better deal? The residents need to be informed.
Concerned December 10, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Here is the Tribune article - SD 67 is the highest with an average salary of $90,367 - We are also "lucky" to have the high school district with the highest per-pupil spending CHSD 219 at $22,915. The median household income for the village is roughly 63,500. What is wrong with this picture? The tax payers of this district need to draw a line in the sand and say no more! http://schools.chicagotribune.com/district/golf-esd-67/ http://schools.chicagotribune.com/ http://schools.chicagotribune.com/
Pam DeFiglio December 10, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Concerned, you can publish it on Patch.com, either as a blog post by clicking here: niles.patch.com/blog/apply or as a Letter to the Editor--just email it to pam@patch.com. But you will have to use your full, real name.

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