Delavan-Darien school district referendum decision delayed

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

DELAVAN--The Delavan-Darien School Board delayed a decision about a possible referendum Monday, but it moved forward on several other issues.

After a closed session of about an hour, board Vice President Joe Peyer began the open session by announcing the referendum decision would be made at a special meeting Wednesday.

"We're take these things very seriously," Peyer said in reference to the delay.

The proposed referendum would ask voters for permission to exceed the revenue cap by $2 million to maintain district operations. If such a referendum were to pass, district taxpayers would see an increase from $9.64 per $1,000 of equalized value to $10.35 per $1,000 of equalized value in the 2014-15 school year.

Wednesday's meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in closed session. The board will then reconvene in open session to discuss the referendum.

At Monday's meeting, the board did move forward in several other areas including:

-New courses at the high school. Students now will be able to take even more courses in conjunction with Gateway Technical College. These include applied interior design, child development and introduction to health services.

New courses usually are approved in fall, explained Superintendent Robert Crist. However, school officials would like to expand the number of courses that would give students both high school and technical college credits. The high school already offers an EMT course with dual credits.

-Listened to Director of Instruction Cora Rund talk about the district's test scores and their comparison to state averages.

State rankings give schools a score between one and 100. All of the district's schools meet or exceed expectations.

Scores at the district's three elementary schools and the high school improved between two and eight points. The elementary schools scored between 68 and 74, while the high school recorded a score of 68.

Phoenix Middle School's score dropped about two points, accounting for a score of 64.

The scores and rankings came out earlier this year. After presenting initial results, Rund has been reviewing portions of the data as part of the testing process.

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