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A Message from Your Superintendent
 

Decembe 22, 2017

The School Board voted unanimously last night to place a limiting tax rate referendum on the ballot in the election that will be held March 20, 2018. As you know, District 57 is facing serious financial challenges and dwindling reserves. The situation either requires additional funding through a successful referendum or significant reductions in staffing, programs and construction/maintenance budgets, plus increased student fees.

 As Board president Joe Sonnefeldt stated at the end of the Board meeting, the future of District 57 is now in the hands of voters. They will determine whether we receive the revenue necessary to preserve our class sizes, programs and facilities, or whether we make cuts that will result in classes of up to 40 students and the elimination of all art, music, band, orchestra and other programs. The Board’s vote was the culmination of months of work, as Administration, the Board and a Citizen Task Force have searched for viable funding solutions. With last night’s vote, the Board followed the Task Force recommendation of asking voters to consider a limiting tax rate increase of 0.85 percent, raising the rate from 2.75 percent to 3.6 percent.

 Please see the Q & A at this link for an estimate of how much this might cost a District 57 taxpayer, as well as an outline of specific cuts that have been proposed if a referendum does not pass.

 In other news, I’m proud to report that many community service projects have been taking place at the schools as we near the end of 2017:

= Families purchased and wrapped holiday gifts for Fairview and Lions Park children in need.

= Fairview and Westbrook collected donations for PADS shelters.

= Lions Park collected hundreds of gifts for local children in need, during its 19th annual toy drive, in partnership with the Mount Prospect Fire Department.

= Lincoln donated more than 2,500 items to the annual Student Council food drive, again with help from the Mount Prospect Fire Department.

Our schools’ fine arts and innovative learning opportunities also have been on display this month:

= Lincoln Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra and Chorus held their winter concerts, as did Fairview and Lions Park. These performances always receive rave reviews.

= Many Lincoln artists had their artwork on display at Art Expo, held Dec. 9 at Forest View. Check out the impressive photos on the District’s Facebook page.

= Students from kindergarten through eighth grade participated in Hour of Code. Along with millions of students all over the world, they took part in activities designed to get more people interested in the field of computer science, as part of Computer Science Education Week.

These are just a few of the many great things happening at our schools every day. Be sure to read the District’s fall/winter newsletter for more examples. Thank you for staying informed and involved, and thank you for your partnership. Happy holidays to our students, staff and their families!

 

Dr. Elaine Aumiller
Superintendent of Schools, Mount Prospect School District 57
 

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phone:  847-394-7300
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