Members of the District 153 School Board and audience gave a rousing round of applause Monday for the volunteers who worked tirelessly to pass the March 15 referendum to support Homewood schools.
The question to raise taxes through a $9 million bond issue won an 80 percent approval rating from voters. Property owners with a house valued at $150 will pay an additional $100 in taxes for two years. After that period, the tax rate will drop to the current rate.
In passing a resolution saluting the members of Citizens for Homewood Schools, the board praised their efforts to find support among organizations throughout the community including the village and park boards, the League of Women Voters, and school groups such as the Homewood PTA, Foundation 153 and Music Parents Association. They canvassed Homewood’s neighborhoods with information, distributed message signs, ran ads and conducted informational meetings and coffees to bring the message of Homewood’s schools to the community.
“To think that we got 8 out of 10 voters. I truly didn’t expect it,” said Shelly Marks, president of the school board. “The board got the referendum on the ballot and then trusted other people to get the job done. You made the effort fun. You were efficient in your time and resources, and you stuck to the facts.”
Near the close of the meeting, Marks addressed the district’s administrators telling them she believed “the referendum was much more than a referendum. It was a referendum about the job you do every day. I hope you heard it loud and clear.”
She said the community recognized the administration’s care and concern for the students, and appreciated the communications with parents and the community at-large.
“Thank you for doing the job you do,” Marks said.