Among surrounding high-performing districts outside of New Trier Township, D39’s Pupil:Teacher and Pupil:Administrator ratios are consistently one of the highest, and its spending per student is consistently one of the lowest.
- In April 2011, the voters of D39 were presented with a referendum to increase property taxes by an estimated amount of $58.80 per $10,000 of EAV to generate an additional $6.3 million for D39
- The referendum passed by on overwhelming margin – 63 percent of voters said “yes” to the increase.
- 25 of the 27 precincts in Wilmette voted “yes”
- In Cook County, there were 6 school tax increases on the ballot and only 2 passed – D39 and District 97 (Oak Park) by a margin of 55 to 45; District 23 (Prospect Heights), 31 (Northbrook), 146 (Tinley Park) and 208 (Riverside-Brookfield) all failed.
- Had the referendum in 2011 not passed, D39 would have had to make $6.37M in cuts beginning in the 2011-2012 school year – cuts that would have compromised the education and jeopardized the success of Wilmette schools.
- Class sizes would have increased to around 30 with some WJHS classes being as high as 33.
- Music, art, PE, foreign language, differentiation, reading interventions would have been significantly impacted.