Friday, April 12, 2013
Deerfield High School student who worked to pass the $89 million referendum is grateful for passage.
Dear Community Members, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you with your support of the District 113 Referendum. Your vote for yes is a reinvestment in education in Deerfield and Highland Park. I am very excited about the changes because it will have a direct impact on students in time for the fall. Students will be able to learn in environments suitable for learning. Even though I won't benefit, many students will, including my freshman advisory and PE class, and that's all that matters to me. I spent a lot of time promoting the referendum and getting out the vote. Including me, there were a group of students at Deerfield High School (we named our group STIR -- Students Taking Initiative for the …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The $114 million plan to renovate both Highland Park and Deerfield High Schools that residents will pay $89 million of has passed.
Update 4/10 at 8 a.m.: The community group CLEAR in 113 (Community Leaders Educating and Advocating for the Referendum in 113) issued a statement this morning to say that its members are "grateful that voters have decided to support the District 113 referendum to repair and improve Highland Park and Deerfield High Schools." "This was not CLEAR’s plan – it belonged to our community, and we’re grateful that our community came out in support of the two years of work that has been done,” said Dan Jenks, Highland Park area co-chair CLEAR 113. "We have excellent teachers, students, and parents in our district," said Tony Horwitz, Deerfield area co-chair CLEAR 113. "Now we will have facilities to meet their needs." Update 8:50 p.m.: The District …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Deerfield High School students produce videos showing why they think campus needs renovations.
Update 4/9 at 12:30 p.m.: Education First issued a statement today saying that there is "no affiliation between Education First and Americans for Prosperity." From Education First Communications Director Peter Lucas: This past Sunday, Joe Hahn offered his help to distribute literature on behalf of Education First as his parents still live in District 113. No other members of Americans for Prosperity participated in this effort. The other dozen people Mr. Hahn referred to are all Education First members that have no affiliation with Americans for Prosperity. In speaking with The Patch, Mr. Hahn took it upon himself to suggest that he recruited other members of Americans for Prosperity, when that it is not the case. His remarks to The Patch …
Reader lays out the reasons he supports the $89 million renovation program for Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools.
Why I support the Referendum (as simply as I can state it) Our High School facilities are antiquated. They do not measure up to current standards, falling far behind those of every high school in the Northern Suburbs. Niles West & North, the Glenbrooks, Stevenson, Lake Forest, Gurnee schools, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, – all have facilities that have been upgraded numerous times while our schools have been mired, not only in the last century – but the middle of the last century , and in the case of the B and C buildings at Highland Park High School, the early 20th century. Our teachers and students shine despite incredibly inferior facilities. That shouldn’t be ok in our community. Unlike most of the Ed. 1st leadership, I have …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The $89 million bond referendum that has been proposed by the Highland Park and Deerfield high school district has kept Patch readers commenting and blogging for months. On Tuesday, voters decide what happens.
Over the last week proponents and foes of the $89 million referendum to renovate Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools have had no shortage of controversy in their efforts to persuade voters. Opponents have accused Township High School District 113 of pressuring students to support the ballot measure and one person even mentioned outside interests financing the effect to defeat the referendum. This is the latest since the Township High School District 113 Board of Education voted Jan. 14 to place an $89 million referendum on the April 9 ballot to help fund a $114 million renovation of the two campuses. Before the Board made its decision, citizens were engaged with numerous meetings and six different committees involving members of the …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Read why activist and Patch blogger Sam Shapiro opposes the $89 million referendum.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Blogger Eddie Jacobs lays out his position on the $89 million referendum.
Deerfield High School senior wants improvement for generations
Dear Readers, As most of you are aware, District 113 is seeking an $89 million referendum to make significant improvements Deerfield High School and Highland Park High School. ADA Accessibly, infrastructure, physical education/athletic facilities, HVAC systems, security, as well as others will be improved for the benefit of students, athletes, teachers, and the community. I am overseeing a student group at DHS that is promoting the referendum. This has involved a lot of my time outside of school. Over the past several weeks, some students have asked me a few questions about my involvement. “Why are you so involved in leading a student group promoting the referendum? You are graduating in May, right? You will not benefit from the …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Patch reviews all coverage of the plan to renovate Highland Park and Deerfield High Schools.
Ever since the Township High School District 113 Board of Education voted Jan. 14 to place an $89 million referendum on the April 9 ballot to help fund a $114 million renovation of Highland and Deerfield High Schools, there has been no shortage of opinion. Before the Board made its decision, citizens were engaged with numerous meetings and six different committees involving members of the community at large as well as teachers and administration since shortly after a $133 million referendum failed two years ago. The debate mounted the last week with the start of early voting and a blog on Patch. Take a look what has been written since the Board vote in January, including letters to the editor and blogs expressing personal opinions. For …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Patch blogger Ed Collins offers reasons to oppose the District 113 referendum.