Elwood voters are being asked to approve a budget with a tax levy increase of 2.9%.
The tax levy increase is below the district’s allowable tax levy of 3.4%.
Two people are running for one spot with a three-year term on the Board of Education, incumbent Deborah Weiss and challenger Sean Camas.
The proposed budget is $69,181,071, a $2,267,492 increase and 3.39% increase over the previous budget of $66,913,579.
Among the highlights cited by the district are:
• Continue enhancement of Student Wellness programs, Pupil Personnel Services, Mental Health
Support & Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity education.
• Continue growth of literacy initiatives and digital instructional methods in partnership with Teachers
College Reading and Writing Project (K-8); academic vocabulary, phonics and handwriting.
• Preserve class size limits at current levels.
• Continued support for our Academic Intervention Services and English as a New Language populations, with emphasis on equity and home-school communication.
• Increase secondary course selections with a focus on credit-bearing opportunities.
Vote: 6 a.m.-9 p.m., at Elwood Middle School050322_Elwood_2022-2023_Budget_Statement_Book (1)
The district proposes a budget of $92,895,995, a 2.86% increase. The budget is within the district’s allowed tax levy increase of 2.28%.
- Among the highlights of the budget for 2022-2023 are:
- Enhancements to the academic program
- Creation of a unified bowling team and the addition of second athletic teams at the middle school level for boys and girls soccer and basketball, as well as
for girls volleyball.
- The addition of a non-AP Calculus course and new classes in yoga and strength training as physical education electives.
The Board of Election has three people competing for two seats: incumbents Hansen Lee and Colleen Wolcott, and challenger David Balistreri.
Voting: 2 p.m.-9 p.m., Oldfield Middle School