Elmhurst Chamber Endorses Nov. 6 Referendum

Recently, the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors voted to officially endorse District 205's November 6 referendum.

In a press release dated October 1, 2018, the Chamber Board indicated that its endorsement is based on three significant District needs:

  • Replace outdated facilities with construction at 103-year-old Lincoln Elementary School ($32.5M) and 87-year-old Field Elementary School ($29M), along with expansion and renovation of Edison Elementary School ($18.1M) and Bryan Middle School ($12.5M);
  • Install Health Life Safety and Entrance Security upgrades at District 205’s nine other student buildings (five elementary schools, three middle schools, high school and early childhood education center), as included in the project plans above; and
  • Repair and renovate the nine student buildings listed above as a result of long-deferred maintenance due to a budget limitation of $1.5M per year related to the State of Illinois’ 1990 property tax cap of the lesser of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or 5% .
The Chamber also endorsed the 2000 York referendum.

Chamber President and CEO, John Quigley, stated in the release that "families move to Elmhurst for the public schools more than any other reason."  Board Chair Ken Bartels added, "Superior schools are vital to the overall community health and the Elmhurst Chamber is proud to provide its support."

The voters will be asked to vote on a resolution to sell $168.5M worth of bonds to finance a multi-decade Master Facility Plan that will support a new Lincoln and Field School, safety and security upgrades across the district, future ready learning spaces, space to accommodate all-day kindergarten and balance class sizes, and site specific improvements to remedy outstanding issues such as flooding and ensure parity at all attendance centers.

A yes vote would result in a $150 annual tax increase for the owner of a $500,000.  A tax calculator is included on the Master Facility Plan page on the website.

Building tours have been scheduled for Lincoln, Field, Churchville, Jackson, and Madison schools over the course of the next couple of weeks.  In addition, the District has posted several videos on its web site to help residents understand the condition of the buildings and elements of the plan.

Additional opportunities for the community to learn more about the referendum have been announced.  The District 205 Foundation will host an information session on Thursday, October 18, at the Elmhurst Public Library at 7:30 p.m.  The District 205 PTA Council will host a similar event on Wednesday, October 24, in the York Commons at 7:00 p.m.

Also, Board President Kara Caforio and I are host Ken Bartels' guest on an episode of Elmhurst Time Travelers.  The program airs throughout the month of October on Fridays and Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. on Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.

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