Evanston/Skokie School District Bond Measure (March 2012)

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AnEvanston/Skokie School District Bond Measure was on the March 20, 2012 ballot in the Evanston/Skokie school district area which is in Cook County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 6,619 (45.21%)
  • NO 8,020 (54.79%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to issue a bond in the amount of $48.2 million in order to build a new addition to the current school facility and equip the new additions as well as repair and upgrade other facilities in the district as needed.[2]

Further issues had arisen with those students in the 5th ward area of the district. For years students were bused out of their areas to achieve racial integration mandates but with this measure a new elementary school would be built in the 5th ward area so students would no longer be bused elsewhere. While opponents note that this would be bad for students as most of them are from low income families and the school might not allow for student growth as in other schools in the district. While proponents note that it would give students a local school to attend and allow for parents to get more involved. If the measure had been approved and the new school had been built, student parents would have been able to choose to send their students to the new school or stay at their current schools.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the Board of Education of Evanston/Skokie Community Consolidated School District Number 65, Cook County, Illinois, build and equip a school building, build and equip additions to existing school buildings, and improve the sites of and alter, repair and equip existing school buildings and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $48,200,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?[4]

Opposition

Opponents to the measure noted that the school had not sufficiently justified its reasoning for the amount of money. Opponents also noted that with this bond local taxes would increase and many cannot afford to pay more taxes. While those opposed also stated that they were not against the school or making needed improvements, they thought that this bond asked too much of residents.[5]

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