Darien -- A nice place to live unless you have school age children

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Michael

Ashburn, VA

#1 Mar 9, 2007
Don't buy a house in Darien, IL if you have school age children. The teachers are wonderful, but the community is full of people that have "already paid for their children to go to school" and don't want to support any referendums to adequately fund the school districts.
st1300a4

Darien, IL

#2 Aug 21, 2007
Michael wrote:
Don't buy a house in Darien, IL if you have school age children. The teachers are wonderful, but the community is full of people that have "already paid for their children to go to school" and don't want to support any referendums to adequately fund the school districts.
Mike don't come in and bash other residents. This District has had a tax and spend policy for years. Just how much money can you pour into a situation before it becomes clear that it doesn't solve problems?
Watching

Willowbrook, IL

#3 Sep 26, 2007
District 61 has certainly been increasing spending much more than its' revenue has increased. They blame the tax cap. I blame bad money management. Their implication is that property tax revenue has been going down yearly. Wrong. The tax cap limits revenue increases to the increase in inflation. Salary increases in D61 have been much more than that.
An example of bad judgment? When Fairview School closed one might assume there would be a need for LESS administration. Instead, an Asst Superintendent position was created so a Principal would not have to be released! That position costs D 61 more than $200,000 a year in salary, benefits and pension. That would buy a lot of ...(fill in your favorite program cut).
Clearing the Air

Lincoln, NE

#4 Nov 10, 2008
Not firing the principal was kept around in order to train for the Superintendent's position. The current Superintendent will be retiring soon, and therefore, the replacement will be ready to take on the responsibilities of the position.

Second, when Fairview was closed, it was part of a CONSOLIDATION process for the district, moving their positions to either Mark DeLay or Lace. Why not try and move everyone to two buildings instead of three, cutting several utility and operational costs.
Solution

Cary, IL

#5 Nov 17, 2008
You're right. And we will continue to vote "no" no how many times you try to sneak that referendum in during the off year elections. Enough is enough. Why should a retired couple on a fixed income have to pay more and more taxes for the schools every year when they clearly have all the money they need? Whatever money you give them they will find a way to spend that doesn't even benefit the kids anyway, and then they'll be back begging for more money next year.

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