Evanston Skokie District 65 referendum committee chair Eamon Kelly says over 250 volunteers have knocked on more than 15,000 doors in the school district to drum up support for the tax hike referendum on Tuesday’s election ballot.
He says the campaign has raised more than $84,000 in cash donations from a total of 305 donors and distributed 2,000 yard signs.
Kelly says the referendum offers “a once in a generation chance” to save the schools from a fiscal crisis.
He says that unless the referendum passes, “teachers will be laid off, programs will be cut, class sizes will balloon and schools will close.”
Kelly says 70 percent of school referendums fail, but “We can buck the trend.”
“We pride ourselves on great schools that serve a diverse group of children,” Kelly says, “We cannot be the generation that lets our public schools fall apart.”