Lincoln-Way School Board Approves 2012-13 Budget

Lincoln-Way Area "MobilePack" lauds board for support of Haiti project.

Lincoln-Way District 210 board members approved the 2012-2013 budget amounting to $97,145,292, a decrease of $80,701 from the previous year.

Superintendent Lawrence Wyllie said in a Sept. 13 meeting that the tax rate for the 2011 is less than it was 22 years ago. In 2011, the tax rate was 1.8306 compared to the 1989 rate of 1.9283. 

In a previous article, Supt. Lawrence Wyllie explained that 2011-12 revenues did not match expenditures. The district's reserves had to be used to cover the $3.27 million shortfall.

In addition, a drop in the the equalized assessed valuation reflects the decreased tax rate. This year's EAV dropped $169,815,256 from $3,991,068,924 last year to $3,821,253,668 this year, according to Stacy Holland, director of community relations. The total collected in taxes will be $69,951,289.

Over the last four years, expenditures have been reduced by a little more than $8 million, Wyllie said.

A public hearing for the budget was held Sept. 11. No one from the public attended the meeting. 

The drop in numbers reflects the diminished value of property throughout the Lincoln-Way region over the past several years.

"The slow state of the economy and the state of Illinois' lack of paying for categorical programs have put school districts and municipal governments in a bind," Wyllie said. "We are working our way through it as all families in Illinois are doing as well."

Speaking specifically about the delayed payments to the school district from the state, he said the state still owes about $1.5 million from last year.

Despite the financial difficulties, Wyllie boasted that student academic achievement has not suffered. The student body continues to excel, a characteristic that Wyllie attributes to the faculty and staff.

In light of the cut in expenditures, Lincoln-Way District 210 per pupil spending is the fifth lowest in the six collar counties around Chicago. Niles Township High School District 219 tops the list of per pupil expenditure at $22,915, while Lincoln-Way District stands at $11,708 per pupil.

Tough Economy Opens Hearts and Hands

As families throughout the community have struggled in this economy, many of the students have learned about self-giving and outreach locally, regionally and globally.

About 50 cheerleaders from Lincoln-Way West High School joined together with volunteers from Lincoln-Way Area MobilePack to support the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event. In August, more than 650 volunteers worked a two-day event to pack dried meals for starving children in Haiti.

Holland said the volunteers worked out of Lincoln-Way West High School and packed a total of 139,536 meals, enough food to feed 382 desperately hungry children in Haiti for an entire year.

The leaders of LAMP, Barb Stellwagen and Sandy Peterson, thanked the Board of Education for its support and outreach.   

Social Science Teachers Advocate for Reading Skills

Reading and writing may indeed be within the realm of the English Department, but social science teachers updated the Board of Education on how reading strategies have been incorporated into their curriculum as well.

Dan September 18, 2012 at 01:38 PM
It would be nice to know how the present labor negotiations are going between the "Teachers Union" and the "Lincolnway School Board"
Ann Piasecki September 18, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I'll make some inquiries.
Eric Blair September 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Who cares what the tax rate is? It's the tax levy that matters. The budget keeps going up even with the small insignificant cuts. The budget, composed of many supposedly different funds is constantly "churned" in order to hide the true reason for the massive growth in expenses. That would be the two high schools built on the (wrong) assumption of ever expanding growth. Any competent administration should have seen and realized that the whole house of cards was built with fake money borrowed into existence. Trouble is those bonds need to be paid back with real money backed by your houses and labor. In the meantime the "fed" is busy printing up more fake money that will push inflation much higher at the same time jobs and businesses are disappearing daily and Illinois is keeping more tax dollars for their pension problems. The proverbial chickens are coming home to roost. If you think it's bad now "you ain't seen nothin' yet".
Mike September 18, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Outstanding comments. I thought I was the only person in the LW area that sees through the LW bs. Yes it is the tax extension not the tax rate that should concern the people. LW has many years of bonds to repay. The building of the 2 new HSs was a mistake that they will never admit to. The demographics reports they were used to rationalize the building of the 2 schools probably cost a mint and the press should ask to see who did them, what they were paid and who on the Board or admin knew or had some type of rationship with the demographers. Finally you can only get figures regarding LW's enrollment through IHSA. Bottom line is that LW serves 7700 kids and has a capacity of 12,500 that can be easily expanded to 15,000 (and the new were buildings were built for that, Source: Head of Building and Grounds). There should definitely be only 3 schools. One should shut immediately (fall 2013). This should be a board agenda item this year. Stop wasting our money and stop using figures for student cost that don't include bond and interest payments. Finally, how much does the district have in surplus?
Dan September 18, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Thank You
Kyle Williams September 18, 2012 at 07:29 PM
When will they start the building of Lincoln-way South ? $10 Million police station coming soon. $750,000 just for the design of the police station. Some of you folks ought to quit fooling around reading these Internet stories and go out and get second jobs so you can contribute more to the system. The beast is HUNGRY.
Donny September 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Negotiations are done, new contract is already done. 3 year contract.
Dan September 18, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Donny----do u know when it was signed. No mention in school board minutes yet, along with the community has not been notified of any of the specifics or cost etc. at board meetings or in the media.
fred September 18, 2012 at 08:45 PM
what I've always tried to figure out is: How can we have one of the lowest costs per pupil in the state and some of the highest property taxes?
john bruno September 18, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Supt. Wyllie is one of the best in the business. A couple of you mopes show how ignorant you are since North was basically built and paid for in its entirety by the State of Illinois Capital Development Funds for school construction. Four beautiful campuses....enrollment will improve as the economy improves. Taxes are fair for such quality education and facilities. Congrats to the LWSBoard.
Dan September 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I agree with John that us mopes are ignorant, except his reference to "North was basically built and paid for in its entirety by the State of Illinois Capital Developement Funds for school construction" John don,t you mean North was basically built and paid for with borrowed money at taxpayer expense for its entirety by the State of Illinois Capitol Developement Funds for school construction.
Eric Blair September 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Speaking of ignorant it seems the word fits you concerning the subject of banking. You have no idea of where money originates or how. It's good for the government that most people love their willful ignorance due to the fact that if they understood what was being done to them (in slow motion) there would be revolution. Then again probably not. The "bread and circus" keeps them distracted. Why keep up on what the government is doing when the "Bears" game is on?
Eric Blair September 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Dan, that last post was meant for john.
john bruno September 18, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Dan....No, the money was a $90+ million grant that the School District doesn't have to pay back. Eric....Happy to compare education and life's experiences with you any day of the week. I'm a former banker with an MBA in Finance, thank you. You're probably excited about the Fed's QE1 and QE2 and soon to be QE3. No need to be...in the old days it was simply called increasing and decreasing the money supply. Like the sanitation engineer now used to be called the garbage picker.
Dan September 19, 2012 at 01:44 AM
John, Understood-----Dan
Dan September 19, 2012 at 01:53 AM
John----Grant from the State--- Borrowed money no matter how you look at it on the taxpayers dime.
Eric Blair September 19, 2012 at 12:02 PM
That's far too simple an explanation. The subject far more complicated. If you are as educated as you say you should know that. That's a topic for another day.
a mom September 19, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I tried to be a big pusher of the vote no to adding the 2 new schools. It's as if no-one wanted to see into the future and realize the "cost" of the bonds. And the administration did see and realize the whole house of cards was built with fake money...they just tried to keep the normal joe from realizing it. You are 100% correct and thank you for putting your 2 cents in.
Mike October 27, 2012 at 01:24 PM
All the bankers with their advanced degrees are the reason the financial system needed a taxpayer bailout. Paulson, Geitner, Rubin. all Harvard MBA's


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