Letter to the Editor: Is 113 Board Misleading Voters?

Reader criticizes ordering or priorities and expenditures.

To the Editor:

I received the mailer sent by the District 113 Board encouraging a vote for the referendum. It is interesting to note that the first of the five key referendum improvements is "Expansion of school security". A detailed review of the glossy mailer however reveals that the amount allocated to security improvements is $1.9 million dollars; a mere pittance compared to the $30.8 million dollars allocated to swimming and gymnastic facility expenses. Would it be too cynical for me to believe that the Board is playing on recent public emotions to push their expensive and perhaps scholastically unnecessary agenda

Alain Leval

Highland Park

Attorney at Law

D'skidoc February 21, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Gee HPSsider....we speak the same (boondoggle) language.
HPsouthsider February 21, 2013 at 04:38 AM
Freaky deaky.
Jeremy Scott March 03, 2013 at 03:05 AM
"Invest in Our Schools", I think you need to re-read this letter again...obviously you are missing the main takeaway....I'll use pure math and break this down to the elementary level for you: 1/5 (to symbolize this spending as one of the "five main allocations") of $30.8 million = $6.16 million, then $1.9 million / $6.16 million = 30.8%. 30.8% of 20% = 6.16%. Now does that sound like a major spending piece of the $30.8 million? No. Enough said.
David Greenberg March 19, 2013 at 07:51 AM
Walter, I'd have to say that it was a unanimous consensus among those on the Committee that I served on that before we agreed to give the District a cent, that they had to have a plan for addressing on-going maintenance, and FUND it properly so that we weren't back in this same predicament in the future. They heard us loud-and-clear. They put into place a maintenance ticketing program, and have begun refining and improving their maintenance plan. They've agreed to 4-5% of the annual budget for maintenance. But it's going to be up to US, the Community to continue to monitor things and ensure that the promises are kept. Personally, I'd like to see all the maintenance tickets auto-posted to the website so they can be reviewed by anyone who wants to - no need to resort to a FOIA then in order for the Community to perform it's due diligence. But thus far, I believe we're off to a good start.
Hummingbird Fan April 02, 2013 at 01:17 AM
D'skidoc, The point is not whether or not security is needed. The writer was questioning why the school board chose to highlight a 1.9 million upgrade in order to justify the passing of the referendum. It seems valid to ask whether this might be a scare tactic by the school board as clearly increased funds and the passage of the referendum would not be needed to accomplish security upgrades.


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