Building Future

Board Approves Resolution for Referendum

Glenview School District 34 is asking voters to consider a referendum to improve safety and security, repair and replace aging mechanical systems and deteriorating infrastructure, address ADA compliance needs, improve classrooms and science labs, and add instructional space, including space that will allow District 34 to offer full-day kindergarten. Work will be completed at every District school. The referendum will appear on the March 17, 2020 ballot (the presidential primary election). 

The ballot measure was approved unanimously by the Board of Education at the December 16, 2019 meeting. More than two years of planning and analysis preceded the Board’s decision to pursue this referendum, including:

  • Facility and space studies conducted by architects and construction managers
  • Financing guidelines and options developed by the District’s financial advisor and the Citizens Finance Advisory Committee (CFAC)
  • Public feedback provided in community engagement sessions, online, mail and phone surveys, and the recommendations of the Building Future Task Force, which included 38 parents, staff and community members
Sources of referendum funds

A Downsized Proposal with Full-Day Kindergarten 

The Board reduced this referendum from $139 million to $119 million by:

  • Increasing the District’s contribution of fund balance (savings)
  • Reducing construction and design expenses by lowering contingencies
  • Eliminating the relocation of the District administration building and warehouse from the plan, and limiting the work done on the existing building
District 34 is the only District 225 feeder district that does not offer full-day kindergarten. The referendum, if approved by voters, would fund construction of additions to primary schools to allow for full-day kindergarten. 

Tax Impact

Community members can estimate the potential impact of this referendum to their own tax bill with the chart below, or by using the online tax calculator

Tax impact of referendum

The Ballot Question

The referendum will appear on the March 2020 ballot as a question. 
 

Shall the Board of Education of Glenview Community Consolidated School District Number 34, Cook County, Illinois, improve the sites of, build and equip additions to and alter, repair and equip existing buildings, including but not limited to replacing fire suppression, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems, increasing accessibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), improving underground stormwater detention, renovating and expanding Springman Middle School, adding classrooms for full-day kindergarten and renovating classrooms and science labs, and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $119,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

A “yes” vote approves that question and allows for the money to be raised and used as specified to improve, repair and add on to schools. A “no” vote denies that question, and District 34 will not be able to raise or use additional funds for facility work.  

If the referendum passes, District 34 will be legally obligated to complete all work included in the ballot question. The community will be able to follow the progress of the work, including budget details, on the District website and social media, and in print and online newsletters.

Information Sessions

Check out the list of referendum information sessions to find one that fits your schedule. All community members can learn the scope of the proposed work, understand the tax impact and have questions answered.

If you would like to set up an information session with your community organization, civic group, or with a group of friends and neighbors, or please contact Cathy Kedjidjian at ckedjidjian@glenview34.org or (847) 486-7861.

 

View the Information Session Presentation

Why Now? 

District 34 has worked hard to properly maintain school facilities and to be a good steward of taxpayer funds. In fact, the District spent more than $40 million over the last 15 years—an average of about $2.7 million annually—to address repairs, maintenance and capital improvements. However, with the average age of the eight D34 schools now surpassing 57 years, there are many unmet building needs. 

Take a Look

The images below show examples of District 34 facility needs and renderings of how the needs will be met if the referendum passes.