Frequently Asked Questions

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Does my vote really matter?

YES! The last bond measure passed by District 34 voters was in November of 2000 for the construction of Attea Middle School--that referendum passed by just 12 votes. There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter.

What happens if the referendum fails?

If the referendum fails, D34 will still be faced with $33.4 million in required and critical infrastructure repairs over the next 3 years. The cost of these repairs will result in the Operating Fund Balance (savings) dropping to dangerously low levels during the next 3 years (as low as 15% by FY23). If the fund balance falls below 30%, we would naturally expect the Board to start to cut programming in order to trim operational expenses. Few districts recover from this kind of situation. For a more information about the Citizens Finance Advisory Committee (CFAC) 5-year projections presented to the Board from January 27th 2020 Board meeting click here.

When was the last time District 34 voters passed a referendum?

It’s been more than 30 years since District 34 voters passed a district wide referendum (November 1987), and 20 years since voters approved the bond measure for the construction of Attea Middle School in November of 2000. The Attea measure passed by only 12 votes—so make sure you vote on March 17th every election is determined by the people who show up!

What is the proposed timeline for the work to be done?

Construction will start in the summer of 2021—with a large focus on the work being done at the primary buildings where additions are being constructed.

Space for Full Day Kindergarten should be ready for implementation by the 2022/23 school year.

Classroom renovations are projected to be completed at all District schools by August of 2023

Springman additions and renovations will also start in the summer of 2021 with a majority of the work expected to be done by 2025. Some final cleanup work will take until 2026.

How will this impact my taxes?

* To estimate the impact of the referendum on your tax bill use the tax calculator at

Does the quality of local school districts and passing the referendum impact home values?

Yes, there have been multiple studies conducted that suggest investing in schools will have a positive impact on home values in the district. Some of these include a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research “The Value of School Facilities: Evidence from a Dynamic Regression Discontinuity Design” A paper published on finds that “Top School Districts see Higher Home Prices”

Why can’t we just build a new Springman like District 30 did for Maple?

In April of 2018 Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 successfully passed a bond measure that provided funds to build a new Maple School next to the old one on Shermer road. The downsized proposal that District 30 voters saw on their ballot did not include the additions to the District’s two other buildings which were in the original plans. District 34 has safety/security and critical infrastructure needs at all 8 schools that need to be addressed by the March 17th referendum. While District 30 was able to build a new Maple for around 40 million dollars, Springman has more than twice as many students and projected costs for a new Springman are 90 million dollars.

Why does Attea need so much work?

Although Attea Middle School is the newest building in District 34, it is still approaching 20 years old. Proper maintenance of all of District 34 buildings is necessary to guarantee they serve our community for many years to come. Keeping our buildings in good working order will keep our schools safe, reduce the cost of unexpected repairs, and is fundamental to ensuring our buildings are energy efficient. Attea science rooms will be updated so that all D34 middle schools’ students learn in labs that support Next Generation Science Standards.


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