Education, Local News

Thanks to referendum support, District 153 avoids major cuts to programs, staff

Homewood voters overwhelmingly approved a tax increase so District 153 schools could continue to provide all the educational and extracurriculars currently available to students.

The district has $2 million in red ink and was prepared to eliminate its arts and music programs, sports programs, after-school programs and eliminate staff and teaching positions if the referendum failed.

“It’s an overwhelming victory,” said Superintendent Scott McAlister of the 71% approval. The vote was 3,450 to 1,406. “I think that’s a testament to the relationship we have with the community. It shows that . . .

Winter events



  • Nanny Nikki holiday music program at Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., at 11 a.m.
  • Miracle on Martin in downtown Homewood, 3 to 6 p.m.



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