Voters Reject Tax Hike in Five of Six School Districts
The districts that went to voters for more money yesterday are smallâ€”some run just two schools. Lea Damisch is superintendent in Marengo-Union School District 165 in McHenry County. Damisch says district officials worked hard to convince voters.
DAMISCH : They were empathetic, but unfortunately when you take a look at what's happening with your 401Ks and your IRAs, they had to vote with where their finances were.
The district will cut Spanish, chorus and band at its middle schoolâ€”along with all extracurriculars. Another district in McHenry, Cary Elementary, wanted more money to update computers and make building repairs. Sixty-six percent of voters there said no.
Avoca District #37 on the North Shore was the only school district in the metro region to pass a referendum. The district, which feeds into New Trier High School, says the tax increase will avert more than $1 million in cuts.