D219 To Spend 7.3% More Due To Pool

Plan calls for 7.3 percent spending increase in Niles Township High School District 219's budget for the next school year. It's mostly due to a new pool; residents can comment--view budget online.

The Niles Township High School District 219 school board approved a tentative $156 million budget for the next school year. That marks a 7.31 increase in spending over the 2011-2012 budget, with much of the increase due to the cost of the new aquatic center at .

District 219 also includes .

The plan also estimates that the district will receive $156 million in revenue, a 1 percent decline from last year’s revenue estimate.

The tentative budget will be on public display until Aug. 27, when the school board is expected to vote on it. It can be viewed online here.


New financial officer welcomed 

At the same meeting, the school board welcomed its new chief financial officer, Kristine Rull, who most recently was senior vice president and director of specialized markets at Urban Partnership Bank in Chicago.  In the world of education, she served as the Chicago Public Schools director of school operations and renovation.

Rull fills the position vacated by the former assistant superintendent for business Paul O’Malley, who left in April to take a similar position in Oswego Unit District 308. Gerry Yeggy, a former assistant superintendent for business, has served in the position on an interim basis as the budget was prepared.

Operations fund to rise from $14.4 to $22.6 million

According to the budget, expenses in the district’s education fund are to increase from $92 million to $94.3 million, or 2.6 percent. The operations and maintenance fund, which includes the capital outlay for the new pool complex, is set to increase from $14.4 million to $22.6 million, or nearly 57 percent.

The district will see decreases in its spending in the debt service and capital projects funds.

Per Pupil Cost will be $23,449

District 219 expects to see a small decrease in its operating expense per pupil next year, from an expected $23,956 last year to an expected $23,449 next year. The operating expense per pupil does not include capital costs such as the spending on the pool project. Even so, the costs included in operating expenditure per pupil are expected to rise slightly, from $108.9 million to $109 million. The per-pupil cost is expected to drop because the district is planning for more students, with the expected average daily attendance going from 4,544 students to 4,652.

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SH July 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM
So it must be just me. We are in the mist of at least a 4 year old recession, our houses are worth 40% less than they were 4 years ago, are taxes have been raised by at least 80 % if you factor that they are worth 40% less but taxes REMAINED the same. With 70% of our tax bill going to schools, we need a 14 million dollar pool why? Why am I the only one upset with this.
h m July 16, 2012 at 01:59 PM
SH, I will be the first to agree with you. Niles North does not need a new pool. Also, D219 needs to renegotiate with the Teachers union so there automatic yearly increases are only CPI and not a penny more. Then again, why do they even deserve CPI, the general public that is working in the private/public sectors probably have not been given raises in a number of years because the union members hold the tax payers hostage. The raises that we should be getting are being given to the union members because if we do not give it to them, they just strike and hold everybody hostage until they get what they want. What I am really upset about, but patch does not seem to be covering it, is the fact that out of the 76% that goes to schools, over 46% (4,199.46) goes to District 69. I am not the only one in the District 69 area that is complaining about the amount that goes to District 69
SH July 16, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I am in total agreement. My last raise was 4 years ago.............
AL July 16, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I think all the above concerns are valid and well said. In the midst of a recession and lowering property values, this should be the district's last concern. In addition, District 219 teachers are among the highest paid in the state. I fully believe in paying teachers well, but we are all cutting back, all making sacrifices, and I expect the same from 219 employees. What I find most perplexing in this is that the community was not permitted to vote on this via referendum. I can assure you it would have been rejected, which is perhaps why the board chose to keep it out of our hands. Maybe it is time to elect a board that truly speaks for the community and is less concerned with trivial matters like this pool.
Z July 16, 2012 at 05:03 PM
When will I get a room named in my honor based on the taxes I pay?
MaryN July 16, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Do you have kids that utilize the schools?
h m July 16, 2012 at 06:34 PM
MaryN, I do have a child that did attend district 69 from '94 - '03 and D219 from 03-07. Actually, I also attend D219 from '75-'79 and my wife did from '76-'80. I can understand maybe 5-7% increase for the schools each yer. But 15-25% year after year is a bit much. Soon the people that live in these school district will not be able to sell their houses. Not because of the price of the house but the property taxes are to much. My taxes are currently a little over $9,000 with $4200 going to D69 and $2,500 going to D219. Just as the general public has had to live within there budgets, the school districts need to learn to live within there budgets. this forever expanding of the schools needs to stop. Are all classrooms at the schools being used to there fullest or are they building new classrooms because they want wach classroom to be for a specific need.
Gordon July 16, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I find it interesting that Silverman clique is supporting a non educational firms program that has nothing to do with education. Does he have a private interest? Why has no one investigated ? As to the pool, when I went to school a pool was for exercise and learning how to swim. Why is he supporting his friends* firm than will build a pool? We are not training for an international event. *no proof
Jon Schneider July 16, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I feel like this article, or at least the headline is a shameless ploy to generate a ton of comments. Didn't we already debate the pool ad nauseum?
Skokie Swift July 16, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Yes Jon, let us stop reporting about anything to do with the pool. A $11 million + increase for a school that is out of touch with reality when it comes to spending? No, you're right. That's not newsworthy. Maybe Patch should write about how great D219 school board and administrators are - at spending other people's money.
AL July 17, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I just read an article from the Niles Patch that says that 99% of students enter 219 with the desire to go to college but only 61% are college ready upon graduation. It seems to me this district owes our students far more than a pool and should be focusing on holes in the curriculum and problems with instruction.
mathmanbill July 17, 2012 at 01:37 AM
As a taxpayer, will I be allowed to take a dip in this pool?
George Slefo (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 02:03 AM
@MathManBill - Yes, local residents will be able to use the pool. Thanks for the comment!
h m July 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I think that the taxpayers should be allowed to use the various facilities (work out areas, pools, gyms, etc) at the schools they support and without an additional charge for using these facilities.
Earl Weiss July 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM
hm Good thought but a liability nightmsre on many levels.
Earl Weiss July 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Anything that sheds the bright light of public scrutiny on the School Districts' fiscal follies is a worthy endeavor. Much of the public has been way too apathetic or gullible due to the lack of information and propoganda campaigns.
Gordon July 17, 2012 at 07:45 PM
We express ourselves here. The school board laughs because unlike Chicago, The Tribune, SunTimes, SkokieReview(laugh), do not consider it worthy to do an investigation. This also means that our governing board is a farce, too.
bob July 17, 2012 at 07:58 PM
WHAT? $11 mil pool?
bob July 17, 2012 at 08:02 PM
how about a reality check? no raises due to the economy. if the unions want a raise, give it to them from their rainy day fund. Administrators and teachers already WAY overpaid in 219 for the results they put out. Educate our students THEN we will give a raise ONLY to those that show results... I think it's called performance pay.


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