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A public hearing on the 2019 budget for Evanston Township District 202 High School will be held tomorrow evening during the regular meeting of the board.

Normally, board meetings are held on Monday nights, but the school is closed today for the Rosh Hashanah Jewish holiday. The public portion of tomorrow’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room N-112 at the school, located at 1600 Dodge Ave.

Mary Rodino, the district’s chief financial officer, noted in a pre-meeting memo that because there were “no significant expected changes in revenues or expenses,” the budget totals are the same as those for the tentative budget that was approved at the June meeting of the board.

At $85.8 million, the budget is a 1.7 percent increase from the previous year’s budget.

Even though the district’s fiscal year begins on July 1, state law gives the board until the end of the first quarter, or September 30, to give final approval of its budget for the year.

Unless a major issue with the budget is presented at tomorrow night’s hearing, it is considered highly likely that the board will give its final approval of the FY2019 budget tomorrow.

In recommending that the board approve the budget, Superintendent Eric Witherspoon noted that the budget “reflects the high value we place on educating all students, on raising academic achievement for all students, and on achieving the goals of the district.”

He noted, also, that “this budget is balanced, with operating revenues matching or exceeding operating expenditures, for the 12th consecutive year.”

The complete proposed 292-page final budget is available on the district’s website.

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...

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