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Board Meeting Highlights: November 12, 2018
Glenbrook Stories: GBN Transition Services

On November 12, the Board of Education featured the GBN Transition Services and its new partnerships that are helping prepare students for life after high school. 
GBN’s Transition staff has been busy partnering with Northbrook community businesses to expose students to different vocations. The Transition curriculum focuses on preparing students for life after high school by developing communication skills that ultimately lead to greater community participation, self-determination and interpersonal relationships. 

In preparation for such vocational experiences, teachers Rita Umansky and Nick Capalbo help students identify their likes and dislikes in class so that trips are tailored to their interests. They work on everything from crafting voice messages and emails to setting a placemat and serving food. GBN job coach Chris Layfield continues to build positive relationships with community businesses, even helping some students land internships.

“It’s very beneficial for the students because not only can these job-related skills help them in the future, they also develop a sense of purpose, self confidence and the ability to problem solve,” Layfield said. “These skills will be with them forever.”

District adopts estimated property tax levy
On November 12, the Glenbrook High School District 225 Board of Education approved its levy request for 2018 property taxes to support district operations in the amount of $109,945,711. This levy request represents an increase of 4.4 percent, over last year’s property tax revenue. The percentage increase is based on a 2.1 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,” 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 five 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 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 levy year 2022, it is estimated that the district will need to advertise approximately 12 to 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 five percent, the District 225 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 10, at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room located at 3801 W. Lake Avenue in Glenview.
“The action taken by the Board allows the district to maintain generational equity for our families and residents who benefit from high educational standards and high property values, respectively,” said Board President Skip Shein.
The estimated tax levy and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the District website.
Board approves 2019-20 school calendar
The District Board of Education approved a school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year that corresponds with the 2018-2019 school calendar. Next year’s calendar will continue to have semester final exams, as well as the completion of the first semester, scheduled after winter break. 
The school year calendar is normally adopted in the late spring and is an important consideration in establishing school calendars in the elementary districts, for scheduling youth programs by the local park districts, and for planning many family celebrations and vacations. However, this spring, the Board delayed discussion of the 2019-2020 calendar to allow for greater input from the school community on a potential shift to a school calendar that would include scheduled semester final exams and the end of the first semester prior to winter break.
“We are grateful to those parents, students and staff members who submitted responses to the school calendar survey,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Riggle. “A calendar change is an important and impactful decision and a comprehensive analysis of the recent survey should be considered, which will take some time.”
The district’s external consultant, Hanover Research, is currently processing and analyzing data from the school calendar survey and will provide the district a report upon completion. The district expects to review and discuss those results as part of the 2020-21 school year calendar development process next semester. 
LINK: School Calendar 2019-20

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

Board Meeting 
December 10, @ 7 p.m.

All meetings are held in the Public Meeting Room located at 3801 West Lake,
in Glenview, IL, unless otherwise stated.

3801 West Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL 60026
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