Board approves tax levy for 2014
The Board of Education unanimously approved a 2014 tax levy after hearing comments from community members during a public hearing. Superintendent Dave Schuler indicated that the levy approved by the Board-the CPI of 1.5 percent plus any new property added to the tax base, for a total of 2.4 percent-is a slight increase over the current year levy. This equates to an increase of approximately $50 for a home valued at $300,000 and
is a smaller increase than realized the past few years. Cook County is ultimately responsible for determining how the levy is divided among individual taxpayers.
Their calculations take into account several factors from each municipality, including Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts, 6B business tax incentives, exemptions and other weighting criteria.
Students recognized for outstanding athletic and journalism achievements
Kevin Salvano, a junior at Buffalo Grove High School, has established himself as the best cross country runner in the history of the high school. This season, he placed second in the MSL Conference, was Libertyville Regional Champion, placed fourth in the Schaumburg Sectional, and placed fifth in the state. His fifth-place finish ties Buffalo Grove's best state finish ever, and he did it by running a school record time.
Prospect High School senior Ellen Siefke and Rolling Meadows High School sophomore Sam Svobodareceived "Superior" ratings at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Journalism Convention-an accomplishment attained by only 122 students in the nation. Ellen was the only student to earn this rating in the News Editing/Headline Writing category, making her the number one copy editor in the nation. Sam, participating for the first time in the write-off competition, was one of only seven students honored in the Review Writing category.
Prospect High School senior diver Dana Liva is this year's IHSA State Diving Champion. Today, she holds nearly every local diving record. Next year she will take her exceptional talents to the University of Wisconsin. We look forward to seeing Dana continue to represent District 214 as she joins the Badger diving squad.
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2015 Summer School Program Features Expansion of College Credit Earning Opportunities
Dr. Lazaro Lopez, associate superintendent for teaching and learning, presented features of the 2015 summer school program. For the first time, the District will offer an early college credit earning opportunity-Fundamental of Speech Communications 101-through its partnership with Harper College. Students also will be able to participate in an expanded number of unique seminars offered through the Talent Development Program's Summer Enrichment program that was launched in 2014. Additional details on the TDP's Summer Enrichment seminar offerings will be available in the spring. Classes for students requiring credit recovery will be held at Rolling Meadows High School and Buffalo Grove High School. Fees for 2015 summer programs will not increase.