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Board Meeting Highlights: November 12, 2019
 
Glenbrook Stories: Glenbrook North junior follows his passion for artistic expression

Dean Kousiounelos, a junior at GBN, has been developing his artistic skills since he was a young child. When his mom noticed him constantly drawing on the floor, she enrolled him in an art class at the age of four. 
 
Now a contemporary artist who works in multiple media, Dean has recently been demonstrating his abilities in open-air painting competitions. Members of the community have even begun approaching him with offers to purchase his work. Dean’s impressive collection of work draws inspiration from a multitude of places, often a representation of what he sees and how he feels about it.

“The purpose of art, for me at least, is to express myself and to become more enlightened about the world in which we see everyday,” said Kousiounelos.
 
Through his Glenbrook Story, which was presented during the November 12 meeting, the Board of Education  learned more about Dean's unique perspective and passion for artistic expression. 

LINK: Glenbrook Story Video, Dean Kousiounelos

 

District approves proposed tax levy request
At the November 12 meeting, the Board of Education formally authorized publication of its proposed levy request for 2019 property taxes to support district operations in the amount of $113,012,584. This levy request represents an increase of 4.2 percent over last year’s property tax revenue for operating funds. The percentage increase is based on a 1.9 percent increase for inflation as determined by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), along with a 2.3 percent estimate to capture new property growth within the tax base.
 
“The estimated levy allows the district to meet annual expenses, as well as potential enrollment needs resulting from new property growth. Over the next several weeks, members of our community will be able to review the estimated request and ask questions about its structure,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, Dr. R.J. Gravel.
 
Under current law, a school district’s property tax levy request is limited to a combination of the current rate of inflation or 5 percent, whichever is less, as applied to the prior year’s property tax revenue, and revenue resulting from new property growth within the tax base. It is common for school districts to approve a levy request that is more than they will actually receive because the value of new property is unknown at the time that the levy request must be filed. Under state law, school districts have only one chance to capture revenue from new property growth. The largest anticipated property growth for District 225 will be in 2022 when new property for The Glen is introduced to the tax base. During the levy year 2022, it is estimated that the district will need to utilize a new growth factor of approximately 15 percent to capture the full value of new property growth in The Glen.
 
“Many factors contribute to how a property owner’s taxes are determined, so it’s important that taxpayers not equate the levy request percentage with an assumed percentage increase in their individual property taxes,” said Gravel.
 
Even though a Truth in Taxation hearing is not required because the levy amount requested is less than 5 percent, the Board of Education has elected to do so to provide an opportunity for community input on the levy request. The hearing will be held during the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, December 9, at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room located at 3801 W. Lake Avenue in Glenview.
 
“The action taken by the Board enables the district to maintain intergenerational equity for our families and residents, who benefit from both high educational standards and high property values,” said Board President Bruce Doughty.
 
The estimated tax levy and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the District website.

LINK: Financial Information

Board reviews proposed revisions to Policy 8480: Hazing and Bullying
The Superintendent’s Policy Committee has proposed revisions to the District’s hazing and bullying policy, consistent with state school code requirements. During the meeting on November 12, the Board reviewed these proposals, which aim, among other things, to:

- Include current, electronic types of bullying, i.e. “cyberbullying”;
- Refine the jurisdiction and responsibility of the schools;
- Revise the definition of bullying and provide examples;
- Provide preventive protocols and encourage proactive reporting;
- Set forth explicit procedures for responding to reports of bullying;
- Review and evaluate the policy regularly.

“It is our hope that through this policy update, we will be able to encourage students to be active reporters of bullying, as well as more thoughtful in their interactions, both at school and online," said Superintendent Dr. Charles Johns. 
 
 

Board of Education

Bruce Doughty, Pres.
Peter Glowacki, V. Pres.
Karen Stang Hanley
Dr. Sonia Kim
Skip Shein
Dr. Marcelo Sztainberg
Joel Taub

Dr. Charles Johns
Superintendent


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December 9, @ 7 p.m.

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January 13 & 27, @ 7 p.m.

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in Glenview, IL, unless otherwise stated.

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