Friday, April 5, 2013
Winnetka attorney Becky Hurley, Raynor Door Company co-owner John Bradley and New Foundation Center CFO Bob Linn will be honored on April 10.
Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce will be honoring three residents for their contributions to the community during a recognition lunch on April 10, according to the Chamber’s website. Winnetka attorney Becky Hurley will be honored as “Woman of the Year”; Raynor Door Company co-owner John Bradley will be honored as “Businessman of the Year”; and New Foundation Center Chief Financial Officer Bob Linn will be honored as “Man of the Year”, Chicago Tribune reported. Hurley has served on Winnetka’s Plan Commission, Winnetka Public Schools District 36 and Willow Road Enhancement Steering Committee, according to her Linkedin profile. Bradley was a founding member of the former Northfield Chamber of Commerce, ran the Winnetka Farmers …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
One resident is urging the school district to use some of the $50 million it has in reserves to pay down $70 million in debt.
Some Winnetka residents have urged Winnetka Public Schools District 36 to lessen taxpayers’ financial burdens, but school officials say they are not ready to cut taxes because the district counts on getting 92 percent of its revenue from property tax rolls, the Chicago Tribune reported. Winnetka resident Jim Wyant said the school district has a balance of about $50 million in various funds and is carrying about $70 million in debt, and urged the board to use its reserves to pay down debt to help lower residents’ taxes, according to the Tribune. Last year the school board approved levying the maximum amount of $35.8 million despite residents’ request for a lower tax levy increase. Related Coverage
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The On Deck! After school care program is not canceled.
Winnetka Public Schools District 36 has canceled all after school activities for Tuesday due to the snowy weather, according to the district’s website. The On Deck! after school care program is not cancelled but the districted is encouraging parents to pick up children as early as possible. Northern Illinois is expected to get 3 to 6 inches of snow from noon until 9 p.m. Some areas could see totals greater than 6 inches should thundersnow occur. Thundersnow, which indicates that there is greater instability in the atmosphere, typically results in heavier snowfall, according to National Geographic. Related Coverage
Friday, February 1, 2013
Five schools from Winnekta Public Schools District 36 were given the honor for sustaining high academic performance for three consecutive years.
Friday, February 1
Winnekta Public Schools District 36 has been given high honors by the Illinois State Board of Education this week. The district has five schools named to the Academic Honor Roll and given the 2012 Academic Excellence Award. The Skokie School, Hubbard Woods Elementary School, Greeley Elementary School, Crow Island Elementary School and Carleton Washburne School are among 454 Illinois schools receiving the award. The schools honored all sustained high academic performances over the past three years. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, schools that receive the Academic Excellence Award must have at least 90 percent of elementary and middle students meeting or exceeding state standards in reading and math for three straight …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Winnetka Public Schools District 36 schools will now be keeping the interior set of doors locked in addition to locking the exterior front doors.
Following the recent school shooting in Newtown, CT that left 27 dead, including 20 children, Winnetka Public Schools District 36 has updated its entry producers, according to an email a school official sent to parents Wednesday. “At Crow Island, and in all of the elementary schools, in addition to locking the exterior front doors, we are now keeping the interior set of doors locked,” Dr. Julie Pfeffer, Crow Island School principal wrote in the email. “This way the entrance monitor has additional time to double-check all visitors.” Pfeffer says in the past the school district has not “tightly practiced” requiring parents to show identification when entering the school but in accordance with the board policy, schools will now be requiring…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Winnetka Public School District 36 plans to start discussion on debt abatement or repayment options at the Jan. 15 meeting.
Winnetka Public Schools District 36 board members recently approved levying $35.8 million despite residents' request for a lower tax levy increase or not levying for a year to draw down the district’s healthy fund balance. The approved 2012 tax levy is a 5 percent increase over the 2011 extension of $34.1 million levy. Residents who spoke at the Dec. 4 meeting say the increase comes at a time when student enrollment is down and when the district has nearly a 100 percent reserve, meaning it has enough funds for the district to operate for a year without any new revenue. Resident: Tax Increase in D36 Higher than New Trier “Since 1997 [the consumer price index] is up 38 percent. The taxes for District 36 are up 122 percent, that’s …