Quick facts you need to know about CCSD 89
Top 10 percent
Community Consolidated School District 89 students are in the top 10 percent in the nation for academic achievement. CCSD 89 students scored in the 92nd percentile on reading tests, and the 86th percentile for math tests. The district continues to invest in teachers, curriculum, technology, and learning tools that prepare students for future educational and career opportunities.
CCSD 89 last put an operating-rate referendum on the ballot in 1986. Since that referendum passed, all five of the other Glenbard feeders districts (the six districts that feed into Glenbard District 87) have approved one or two operating-rate increases.
CCSD 89 has the lowest tax rate, spends the least per student, and has the fewest administrators per student of any of the Glenbard feeder districts.
Good schools make this community an attractive place to live. The district has added 300 new students in the past seven years. The district used reserves to make sure all students had the same educational resources and opportunities.
$3 million in cuts
Community Consolidated School District 89 has made nearly $3 million in cuts and reductions over the past 10 years. The district eliminated administrative positions, trimmed benefits, teamed up with other districts to leverage purchasing power, and found ways to cut nearly $3 million from the budget while avoiding a direct classroom impact.
Due to the rise in enrollment and the increased in costs of outside services – including transportation and insurance – the district has had a deficit budget in four of the last six years and each of the last three years. The cumulative deficit over those five years is $1.4 million.
The district’s reserves for early taxes next year are estimated to be $236,000, or less than one percent of the following year’s expenditures. The district is facing deficit budgets for at least the next five fiscal years between $1.4 and $2.2 million.
After extensive community engagement, CCSD 89 residents said they supported putting a referendum on the ballot. In phone surveys, 57 percent of residents said they supported an operating rate increase to maintain current programming. Sixty-seven percent of residents said they were willing to pay higher taxes to ensure the district remained one of the highest performing districts.
Maintain, not add
This referendum is to maintain current services. After gathering feedback from residents, the members of the Board of Educaiton felt there was not support for adding any new programs. A 40-cent referendum maintains programs and restores the fund balance by fiscal year 2023.