Township High School District 113

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Township High School District 113 is a school district in Illinois, with its headquarters in Highland Park.[1] It is made up of two high schools and serves Highland Park, Deerfield, Highwood, Bannockburn, and Riverwoods.

It is governed by a 7 member school board. Dr. Christopher Dignam currently serves as the district's superintendent. The school board president is Annette Lidawer. She serves alongside Julie Gordon, Michelle Culver, Debbie Hymen, Alena Laube, Stacey Meyer, and David Small.[2] Lidawer decided not to seek reelection in the April 4, 2017 election, while Meyer and Gordon are seeking reelection. They are challenged George Spathis and Elizabeth "Lizzy" Garlovsky.[3]

Capital Improvements[edit]

April 2011 Referendum In April 2011, the District 113 school board voted to approve a $133M ballot measure for capital improvements. The plan was defeated with 56.5% of voters voting against the plan.[4]

April 2013 Referendum After the defeat of the initial $133M plan, the District held open recruitment for community members to serve on "study groups" that would assist in evaluating the district's needs, and eventually, how to move forward. This culminated in the development of a Long-Range Master Plan, laying out a blueprint for the next several decades. The study groups were made up of a diverse group of community members from the district's feeder towns, and included both members of CARE for 113 (the "vote yes" committee) and Education 1st (the "vote no" committee). The groups presented their findings at a series of community meetings held in 2012. The ballot measure, a referendum for $89M in funds, is to be voted on in the April 9, 2013 election.[5]

The total cost of the new project is $114M - $25M will come from the district's existing capital improvements operating budget line item over five years, and the remaining $89M will come from a bond issue.

  • Note: CARE for 113 Schools has since been replaced by a new group, Community Leaders Educating and Advocating for the Referendum in 113 (C.L.E.A.R. in 113). Education 1st still remains, with a leadership change.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "site_banner.jpg." Township High School District 113. Retrieved on October 9, 2011. "1040 Park Ave West | Highland Park, Illinois 60035"
  2. ^ Board Member and Contact Information
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  4. ^ Voters Reject High School Referendum, Deerfield, IL Patch April 8, 2011
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