The Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board Monday night unanimously approved a resolution in support of the beleaguered proposal to expand the safe school zone around Evanston Township High School.
When the ETHS District 202 School Board unanimously approved expansion of the safe zone back in June, they acted under the assumption that the Evanston City Council would automatically vote in favor of it, as the draft of the intergovernmental agreement had been crafted in concert with Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington.
That turned out not to be the case when it came before the Human Services Committee of the city, when it was attacked by aldermen from the Second and Fifth wards, who complained that insufficient communication had occurred with the residents in the school vicinity who were suspicious of the intent of the agreement.
At a meeting of the City-School Liaison Committee last month, Evanston officials asked for more data from police and school officials before recommending approval.
It has not yet been placed on the City Council agenda for final approval and was not on the agenda of the city’s Human Services Committee Monday night. The next meeting of that committee will not be until Nov. 4.
The resolution passed by the District 65 Board Monday night supports passage of the agreement that would extend a “safe zone” across the streets that border the school in order to deter troublemakers from waiting for students to be dismissed at the end of the school day.
Following is the text of the resolution:
“District 65 believes that each child deserves an excellent education. To achieve this goal, our children need to feel, and be, safe in and outside of our community’s schools. We support District 202’s request for an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Evanston to establish Safe School Zones as an important tool in ensuring the safety of all students. We urge the City of Evanston to give the Safe School Zones initiative prompt and positive consideration. We encourage this and further collaboration with the city to secure the best in education and school safety for all our children.”