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Final Community Forums on D112's Future Are This Week

The last of the district's six meetings to gather community input will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Sunday's meeting will be in Spanish.

Residents react to first NSSD 112 presentation to discuss aging school buildings. Credit: Lorraine Swanson
Residents react to first NSSD 112 presentation to discuss aging school buildings. Credit: Lorraine Swanson
Do you have an opinion about what District 112 should do about its aging buildings? If you haven't yet voiced those thoughts at one of the district's community forums, you still have a few options left. 

The final three meetings will be held this week. 

Related: Hear residents' thoughts after the first meeting


The district must decide if it wants to maintain its buildings in their current state or risk blowing through cash reserves and being placed on a financial watch list over the next five years. Capital improvements coupled with the rising costs of benefits and staff salaries are outpacing the district’s overall annual operating budget of $70 million.

There are two meetings this week at the Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue West. Click here to RSVP 

  • Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Advance RSVPs accepted until 5 p.m., February 25)
  • Thursday, February 27, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Advance RSVPs accepted until 5 p.m., February 26)
An additional Spanish only meeting will be held at Oak Terrace Elementary School on Sunday, March 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

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Walter White February 26, 2014 at 10:05 PM
Ah yes, the ole community forum. The district's way of pretending they value community input before they present their plan that has nothing to do with anything the community said. I'm OK with that, as long as it is a well laid out plan that doesn't insult the community by asking for more money. You've got all we can give. Figure out how to spend it efficiently or step aside (which if course is what's happening). How much input does the new Supt have in this process?
HPEconomist February 27, 2014 at 08:38 AM
I agree with you Walter, the whole thing is a farce, even the "problem" itself. The community is making decisions based on cooked numbers. CFO Moshin Dada used figures from the recent recession to project district revenues. This model does not take into account current figures, nor future figures, all of which are more positive and would indicate the district will NOT be insolvent in 2019. Yes the schools' infrastructure is failing, but the district most certainly is not. It is very convenient that the next steps, the architectural assessment of the facilities, will be competed and reported on when teacher contracts come up for renewal. The assessment will be more dismal than expected and give further ammunition to cut staff, directly affecting the quality of education. But hey, it's all about the bottom line, right Moshin? Keep in mind Moshin Dada gave himself illegal 22% raises in Schaumburg's school district for three years causing that district to pay nearly $100K in fines. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130131/news/701319722/ Yes the schools' infrastructure is failing. However, the other premise that the districts' financial state will be insolvent in 2019 is simply a lie to justify their master plan: cut staff costs even more drastically than they have been, further diminishing the quality of education and increasing the districts' bottom line. Dada should've stuck to the private sector where his skills would've been better served, instead of undermining years of excellence in NSSD112.
Moe @ the Buck February 27, 2014 at 09:56 AM
If you ask me, it's just an attempt by district 112 to try and take away are gunz!
forest barbieri February 27, 2014 at 10:43 AM
@Walter While it is true that in business, focus groups and impute from key customers is often used primarily to make customers feel like they actually have impute into a company's strategy and direction when indeed 95% has already been decided, I think this differs in a couple of ways. First of all, I am not sure that a final direction has been chosen. Next, whatever direction will require funding and votes. This allows a forum for two way information flow as well as allowing for voters to understand and provide feedback before action is taken. Obviously, it also engages a proactive part of the community, allowing them to analysis and react to the situation. How we got here is a lesson from the past that perhaps can enlighten the future. The fact that we are here is a reality and the need to take an action is a given.
Walter White February 27, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Yes, have fun with that. Maybe you think you actually had input into D113 too.
forest barbieri February 27, 2014 at 02:27 PM
@ Walter Obviously, it passed:)

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