Good news coming on D65 budget?

When the Finance Committee of the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board meets Monday evening, members will get a chance to see how the district’s projected financial situation has scored a dramatic turnaround.

Last August, the situation appeared to be grave, with projected operating deficits for the next two budget years—2012-13 and 2013-14—to be in the neighborhood of $3 to $4 million each year, due primarily to stagnant revenues coupled with rising expenditures and increasing enrollments.

To deal with an impending budget crisis, the administration convened a special citizens committee to analyze the situation and make recommendations, which it did in December without proposing anything more than minor changes.

But at the last regular board meeting on Jan. 23, Superintendent Hardy Murphy hinted that new projections call for the next two budget years to come in at breakeven without resorting to drastic austerity measures.

He and his staff are expected to provide details at Monday’s meeting, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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