LWV Support New Trier School District 203 Referendum


The Leagues of Women Voters of Glencoe, Glenview, Wilmette and Winnetka-Northfield-Kenilworth held a consensus meeting and decided to support the New Trier School District 203 facilities referendum on the November 4th ballot.

While all Leagues of Women Voters are non-partisan political organizations, there is a formal process for evaluating, and determining positions on, any local, state or national issue. This fall a Joint Committee comprised of members of the four Leagues within District 203 researched multiple aspects of the proposed referendum. The Joint Committee and League membership met Wednesday, October 15 at the Glencoe Community Center to review the research and discuss the issue.

Lynn Goldschmidt of the Glencoe League chaired the Joint Committee. Ms. Goldschmidt explained “The Joint Committee studied the existing facilities, the rationale for the project, and the financial plan for the project, and prepared a report with our findings to present to our membership.” The report focused on a number of areas, including whether and how District 203 engaged – and listened to — the community, the impact of the project on the educational environment, and what steps the District was taking to ensure the project stayed on plan and within budget. Ms. Goldschmidt stated “We were particularly impressed with the work District 203 has done since 2010 in responding to the community’s priorities. The message the District received from the community was to focus on academic needs, and that is what this project does.”
Following the presentation by the Joint Committee of their report and a discussion period, each League met separately.

Each of the four Leagues voiced support for the referendum, which asks voters to approve a tax rate increase that would allow the district to issue $89 million in bonds to replace three buildings on the Winnetka campus. If residents of the school district approve the referendum, it would mean an increase of $16.67 for each $1,000 of current property taxes paid. For a resident with a $15,000 tax bill that would equate to a $250 increase.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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