Burbank District 111 Board Member Com...

Burbank District 111 Board Member Comments

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Burbank Taxpayer

Merrillville, IN

#1 Mar 14, 2011
On 1-12-11,District 111 board member David Kasper as a RESIDENT DELEGATE said that it was the prior board that approved opening Fry as an elementary building.He noted all the problems in previous contracts that cost the district millions.

I agree with Mr. Kasper. Prior and now current board Members Kriegseis,Williams,Cusack and former board member Oakey all voted to make Fry a K-6.Members Smith and Skowronski didn't. With Former member Oakey resigning from the Board before the hiring of the new teachers and not voting for Sharon Weil's husband heatlh insurance coverage,leaves him responsible for making Fry School a K-6.
Current board members Kriegseis,Williams,Cusack from the previous board need to explain their spending on the estimated cost of the following items.$1.8 million on the opening of Fry school,$400,000 annually by adding teachers to the payroll for smaller class size,$200,000 on Sharon Weil's husband health benefits starting at the age of 65 when the rest of us are receiving medicare,$200,000 and counting on the legal cost of Dr. Long,$400,000 and growing on A.C. for three schools,$100,000 lost from not renewing the busing contact and sending it to open bidding. With all of this and the additional spending their doing now, including the lawsuit against Kathy Smith.(with the District paying attorney fees for both parties. Just like they did with Dr.Long)you wonder how their saving us money.
Even though some of this may help the students,In other areas it hurts them like cutting programs and raising cost. Why did all of this needed to be done all at one time? Would it be easier just to add one thing at a time over a course of time? Or maybe just leave well enough alone?
The three board members know they have a teachers contract up for renewal and a state funds are being cut because of the recession. So why do all this?
District 111 was financially sound in mid-2008. Two and a half years later the District is in deficit spending.
Mr. Kasper states that the current board has to clean up the prior boardÂ’s mess. But how can he do this when the current board has five prior board members on it?
I support Member Kasper and you can do. The perfect opportunity is approaching with the next election. There is three new candidates on the ballot to replace the three incumbent board members.(Frank Kriegseis,Kathleen Smith,Linda Cusack)
This will allow Board members Kasper and Zarnecki to move District 111 forward with two previous board members in Carleen Skowronski and Danette Williams.
Let's stop the blame game and make a change!!!

Mary R

Merrillville, IN

#2 Mar 15, 2011
I went back and read the Board minutes from 1-12-11 and saw where Mr. Kasper response to Lori Morack.He said that it was the previous board that made decisions about Fry School. He said that his original suggestion was to do nothing with Fry because of the costs involved with all options.
His original suggestion was made because he wanted air conditioning for our three schools and wasn't sure if the cost of a K-6 will support it. When you read though the board minutes you will see that David was a big supporter of turning Fry into a K-6 as much as I was. He joined the Fry school committee and spoke against the Kindergarten center. He even went as far as publicly thanking an former Board member in changing his vote.
I believed in him. I voted for the triple D and back Fry as a K-6 by showing up to board meetings and supporting their cause.
I'm deeply sadden by the comments that he made and how he turned his back on his support of Fry as a K-6. What is really disappointing is how he and his fellow Board members are treating the teachers union.It make me sick to know I supported these people and I'm happy to say I won't anymore.

Merrillville, IN

#4 Mar 15, 2011
I didn't realized I spent that much money. I was only doing what Danette told me to do.

Merrillville, IN

#5 Mar 15, 2011
I didn't realized I spent that much money. I was only doing what Danette told me to do.

Merrillville, IN

#6 Mar 15, 2011
..... and where the term "Deer in Headlights" came from.

Merrillville, IN

#7 Mar 15, 2011
......and you wonder where the term "Deer in Headlights" came from.

Merrillville, IN

#8 Mar 15, 2011
$400,000 a year for smaller class size. Where? I have three children attending a district 111 school. The class sizes ranges from 27 to 29 students.
Burbank Taxpayer

Cicero, IL

#9 Mar 18, 2011
This is the way I see it. I don't agree with electing the three new candidates but I do agree in replacing Frank and Linda. I can come up with another $500,000 in cost due to bad decision firing and hiring personnel,extra board meeting per month,and sending contracts to open bid but there is something else we should focus on....... How they treat employees and the residents of Burbank. The handling of the dismissal of Tom long and Fred Wagner in open session after all their years with the district,How they argue with Sue Laff in open session. they gave a 30 year teacher a candy bar for a thank you for all her years of service,even went as far as opening the bag of candy in front of her.You have principals afraid to ask for small items they may need and teachers tried of asking for them because they know the answer will be no.You have residents and teachers being retaliated on because they spoke up at a board meeting.There is the bi-monthly bashing of the prior board by Donna and Dave while the other three board members on the majority side(Linda,Frank and Danette) stay cowardly quiet. There the highly paid administration team that turned into a bunch of yes men (or women) for the board and of course there is the handling of the Teacher's contract.
Then there is Frank's negative comments about the mayor and senator and that's after the mayor donated $100 to his Boy scout troop.His bashing of teachers in the Southtown star and his website.
You have reports of the superintendent,Assistant superintendent and the Fry and Byrd principals screaming at teachers in the open at school buildings.I'm sure there is more but I think the Board needs to realize your only as good as you treat your staff and we the voters need to let this board know the we want them to treat people in a professional matter.The only way to send that message now is at the next election in a few weeks and placing the right individuals in place to make a change.

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