District 153 referendum

District 153 board sets special meeting for Aug. 15 on referendum’s bonds

The District 153 school board will conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Aug. 15 to hear from the public on its plans to sell working cash bonds.

The meeting, at James Hart School, will be followed by the regular board meeting at which the school board is expected to start the process to sell bonds that will replenish the school’s check book.

Homewood schools supporters knocking on doors this weekend sharing referendum message

Volunteers will be going door-to-door this weekend sharing the message of Homewood District 153 schools with the community as the March 15 referendum vote approaches.

Supporters rally behind District 153 as work begins on March 15 referendum

Dozens of volunteers gathered Wednesday to learn about the upcoming Homewood District 153 bond referendum and offered to work to get the message out. The ballot question will ask voters to approve the sale of up to $9 million in working cash bonds over a seven-year period. 

Homewood schools supporters meeting Jan. 27 to begin plans for referendum informational campaign

Supporters of District 153 schools are meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27 to organize for a six-week informational campaign that will bring the message of Homewood schools and the March 15 tax referendum to their neighbors.

Terry Keigher, chair of Citizens for Homewood Schools, invites anyone interested in helping spread the word to attend the 7 p.m. meeting at James Hart School, 18220 Morgan Ave.

Homewood voters will have referendum question on March ballot

The District 153 school board agreed to ask Homewood voters to approve a referendum tax hike in March, but the board put off a decision on what the amount will be.

At its Monday meeting, the board made its first move at reducing expenses for the 2016-17 school year by agreeing to close Millennium School. That move will eliminate several administrative and staff positions and reduce the number of bus routes. The cost savings is estimated at $600,000.

Homewood school board considering enrollment shifts, dissolving Millennium School

The Homewood District 153 school board is considering shifting fifth graders to Churchill School as a cost-cutting move. Parents were notified of the proposal Friday as administrators and school board members look at ways to save money in light of decreasing state support. Shifting students could save as much as $600,000 per year.

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