Residents to Vote in Harborfields, Elwood

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 School

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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


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