April 14, 2012 at 10:40am
Rally some community support to show up and speak at the next board meeting. The board appreciates and takes into consideration what it hears from all stakeholders.
Deerpathmom writes (after reading the information that centennial sam posted about admin raises under the main article of “D73: FATF Results – ‘reduced staffing‘”):
April 14, 2012 at 7:32pm
I was enraged to read this comment. I think this needs to be addressed, flyers mailed and posted all over VH so that everyone can have this knowledge. You know, there’s just no defending it. LOOK AROUND VERNON HILLS! Open your eyes and see what a dismal state Illinois is to be in right now! Tighten the darn purse strings even when it effects your wallet! The Teachers – Admins wouldn’t be the first of the employed that didn’t receive an annual raise if they didn’t get one this year. Contrary to belief, we are working just as hard with just as much education (outside of the double usless Masters paid for by taxpayers) in the private sector. Someone explain to me why the Board agreed to this! Really. Please, someone with insight explain. As well, I’d like to know why the Superintendent thinks it’s only “fair” that Admins receive what the Teachers Union contracts force us to up. How is it “fair” to the kids that they have to endure cuts in their education so we can pay “fairly” to Admins that may or may not be worth a nickel raise? I hold accountable the BOARD OF EDUCATION. I want this addressed to area taxpayers.
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Ok, as to what to do. Send letters; send emails, directly to the board members; show up at the board meetings; briefly address the board; get friends and neighbors involved; and run for the board!
Also, the reason this site started in the first place was because we realized in early 2011, after reviewing the five-year financial projections AND the bloated five-year union contract, that, well, our district would soon be in a whole world of hurt, all self-inflicted. Slow down the raises -especially in light of what our country has experienced in the past four years- and get your house in order! Who suffered? The kids, of course. And those lowest on the experience totem pole.
Folks, the only way to fix this is to never sign such a hands-tying contract again. This site will publish, when the time is right (late this year, early 2013?), what the next contract should look like. We’ll have a list of reasons why the community should support it.
Special note to Deerpathmom. The Board signed a bad union contract – they know it. Why they would consider across-the-board raises as only “fair” for the administration staff, we don’t know. We can’t explain it either.