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Want to learn more about the school budget?

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Before the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board of Education formally approves the budget for the current school year, it would like residents to understand what’s in it.

So they’ve set up three sessions, complete with Spanish interpretation, designed to help interested taxpayers learn more about how their tax money is being spent.

The sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Chute Middle School Auditorium, 1400 Oakton St.; Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Haven Middle School Auditorium, 2417 Prairie Ave.; and Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.

The presentation will detail the district’s 2017-2018 tentative annual budget  ​and how instructional programs are financed. In addition, District 65 administrators will share information about the impact of school funding reform on the tentative budget.

A public hearing and presentation of the FY18 Tentative Budget will be held as part of the regular school board meeting on Sept.  25, at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave., beginning at 7 p.m. The board will vote to approve the budget at this meeting.

“Our team recognizes the significant financial investment made by this community in overwhelmingly passing the referendum this April,” said Superintendent Paul Goren. “We are deeply appreciative of this support and remain committed to safeguarding these funds to address projected budget gaps through 2025.”

Charles Bartling

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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