By Terry Dean
With District 97 breathing a sigh of a relief after its rate hike referendum passed in last Tuesday's election, the school board and administration will soon be making decisions on how they're going to use the additional $6 million in funds.
At the April 26 meeting, the board will vote to rehire the more than 50 staff members who received termination slips in March, a move that was done contingent on the referendum not passing. The rate hike, however, was approved 54 to 46 percent in last week's election, with a total vote count of over 10,000.
Board President Peter Traczyk said they have no immediate plans to use the money. Sometime in May or June, Supt. Albert Roberts and CFO Therese O'Neill will present the district's tentative budget for FY 2012 and at that time make specific recommendations.
In related news, Traczyk says he will not stay on as president when the new board reconvenes for the April 26 session. He and fellow incumbent Robert Spatz were re-elected in the uncontested race, along with newcomers to the board, Jim O'Connor and Denise Sacks.