Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The $114 million plan to renovate both Highland Park and Deerfield High Schools that residents will pay $89 million of has passed.
Update 4/10 at 8 a.m.: The community group CLEAR in 113 (Community Leaders Educating and Advocating for the Referendum in 113) issued a statement this morning to say that its members are "grateful that voters have decided to support the District 113 referendum to repair and improve Highland Park and Deerfield High Schools." "This was not CLEAR’s plan – it belonged to our community, and we’re grateful that our community came out in support of the two years of work that has been done,” said Dan Jenks, Highland Park area co-chair CLEAR 113. "We have excellent teachers, students, and parents in our district," said Tony Horwitz, Deerfield area co-chair CLEAR 113. "Now we will have facilities to meet their needs." Update 8:50 p.m.: The District …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Patch poll results show a 2-1 edge for supporters of renovation plan.
With two community groups going all out over an $89 million referendum to renovate Highland Park and Deerfield High Schools, Patch readers seem to be siding with those in favor of proposal. As Education First and Community Leaders Educating and Advocating for the Referendum in 113 (C.L.E.A.R. 113) are doing everything they can to persuade voters, 33 of the 49 people responding to an unscientific survey want to see the measure pass. Sixteen are opposed. Earlier: Where Do You Stand on the $89 Million Referendum? People on both sides pulled no punches when expressing their views. Susan Kozloff does not like the way Township High School District 113 has been spending money and does not want to let it have more. “My kids recently graduated and …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Township High School District 113 Board of Education votes Monday whether to place referendum on April ballot.
A nearly two-year effort of Township High School District 113 to work with the community to develop a master plan to renovate Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools may be swaying public opinion to the District’s side. With the District 113 Board of Education set to vote at 7:30 p.m. today whether to submit an $89 million referendum to the voters to help fund the improvements, at least one person who opposed a $133 million ballot initiative two years ago has changed his mind. Earlier: 113 Board Votes on $89 Million Referendum Monday “I did not support the previous referendum,” reader Eddie Jacobs said. “The steering committee's recommendations to the school board were as a result of many hours of study, discussion, and analysis of the …
Though reader is happy Township High School District 113 will use some reserves, reservations remain.
Monday, January 14
As you may have seen, it looks like D113 will be voting on Monday evening to place an $89M referendum which would be voted on by the public in April 2013. This is part of a $114M package that will partly ($25M) be paid from D113 reserves. I am encouraged by the fact that D113 is willing to pay for $25M of the project from reserves. This will help to ensure, if the referendum passes, that D113 will do everything possible to keep costs down. There is an approximately $20M contingency factor built into the $114M package so if those contingency amounts are proven unnecessary then D113 will barely have to spend from its reserves. I still have some significant concerns about this project: 1) HVAC/Air Conditioning. There is roughly $30M to $…