Glen Ellyn District 41 is bigger and spends more today than it did in 1987. Enrollment is 32 percent percent higher. Its five schools serve 3,163 students, versus 2,300 back then.
Local property tax spending by the district has grown nearly eight times as much over the period, by 253 percent, from $13 million to $46 million in 2015.
Most of this increase has gone to teacher salaries. Two years after the 1987 referendum gave it a bigger pot of money, the District 41 Board of Education approved a 20 percent pay increase for teachers. Salaries and pension benefits have steadily grown ever since.
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