Like much of 2020, we look to face our challenges together as a community. The District 65 Administration and School Board is committed to bringing all voices to the table, including those who have historically been underrepresented in these conversations. We hope you will take the time to review the financial resources, to dialogue with us, and to engage in the feedback opportunities that will be forthcoming.
thought exchange Report
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and ideas. By including all voices, we better ensure that we are meeting the needs of our students, families, and staff. A review of the live report of the thoughts that were shared in our Thought Exchange is now available for review. A presentation to the Finance Committee outlined demographic participation, key findings, and conclusions.
All Evanston/Skokie residents and D65 staff members were invited to attend virtual cafes hosted by D65 School Board Members. The conversations served as an opportunity for informal conversation and discussion around the district's financial outlook, budget reduction process, and priorities as we plan for the district's future. The virtual sessions were held on different days and times to increase access for community participation. Spanish interpretation was available for the January 27 session and English interpretation was available for the January 30 session. After registering, participants received a confirmation email detailing instructions for joining either meeting.
Review the presentations (available in English and Spanish) that were presented at the January 27 and January 30 community cafes. Additionally, videos from both cafes are now available to view (English/Spanish).
*IMPORTANT NOTE - On February 17, District 65 announced the decision to pause its budget survey underway in order to re-evaluate the tool for clarity and use of an equity lens. We value the individuals who already took time to complete the survey and their feedback. We will inventory and maintain all of the responses for future planning. As we work to build a stronger and more coherent survey, we will send an update to the community with further information regarding the new release. We thank you for your understanding. View Full Announcement
A community survey was sent on February 12 that seeks input on priorities, additional revenue opportunities, and more. This data will be used to inform financial planning in phase 2 and 3 (not reductions impacting next school year). All members of our community were encouraged to complete this survey by February 26.
A redesigned survey was released to our community on March 10, 2021. This budget survey was made available to our community and open through Tuesday, March 23.
February 8 Finance Committee Meeting
On Monday, February 8, our school board and administration met to discuss several important topics related to budget planning, student assignment, and middle school math. Additional updates will be forthcoming. The recording of the meeting is available for community viewing. During this meeting, the financial committee presented financial projections for FY22-FY26 as part of the annual budgeting process.
In addition to the engagement opportunties listed above, meetings may be held with school, district, and union leaders and other staff groups to support collaboration and understanding regarding budget-related decisions.