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Antioch, IL

District 34 School Board

I agree the minutes are succinct. It would be nice to see some elaboration for those who are unable to attend the meetings. I don't think they are hiding information, though. There are some items which need to be confidential by law. I imagine they must be very careful when disclosing any information about students or staff. I was at one of the meetings on the proposed new facilities. There were a few seniors there. One was my neighbor and she's definitely a senior citizen. Also, I must disagree about the board/admin not wanting to get information out about the facilities expansion. They added an additional presentation and I've received emails about each one. Now, keep in mind I've got kids in the district and I'm on their mailing list. I get weekly PowerSchool updates and the District 34 Flash email every Friday, as well. I'm guessing anyone can get on the email list if so desired. As far as the referendum being shoved down our throats, I think they will decide on an expansion option and it will come to another referendum vote very soon. I don't know if they're still accepting input on which plan you prefer (if any) but you could try sending an email. I would like to see the portables eliminated. My kids don't go to AES but I would gradly pay more taxes to see that replaced. However, I hope sanity prevails and we don't end up with another blunder like we have with the Antioch water bills. Planning for a small expansion would be fine but they need to keep it within reason. I can only hope that enough people took the time to educate themselves on the subject and show up at the polls this time!  (Apr 14, 2013 | post #28)

Antioch, IL

District 34 School Board

Amazing, isn't it? I'll bet the teacher turnout was big. They're well aware the taxpayer will need to take on more burden as the state continues down the path of financial ruin. The next time I hear someone complain about taxes, I'll be sure to ask if they voted in the last election. Four out of seven board members are former teachers. I've got to tip my hat to them. They've certainly outsmarted the average district resident. I guess we can just pass on more debt to our children. Maybe we can raise the retirement age again and let college tuition continue its typical 8% annual increase. College graduates will have about 60K in debt and very little job prospects. Hope their parents were teachers. At least they can live with them since they'll have a retirement. <rant complete>  (Apr 10, 2013 | post #15)

Antioch, IL

District 34 School Board

I've heard positive things about Linck from others as well. The no show status of these candidates at the Daily Herald interview and the forum makes me wonder if transparency will be an issue if they're elected. I heard the custodian candidate is a friend of Roy Bolin's. This could be a very bad election for the taxpayer.  (Apr 8, 2013 | post #12)

Antioch, IL

District 34 School Board

"Besides the names above, you have the existing members Bryan Mueller, Tamara Neumann, Dennis Goodman and Joni Kalstrup. Does anyone know if they are current/former/spo uses of teachers?" Kalstrup isn't running for reelection. The others aren't teachers and aren't married to teachers. Don't have any idea about extended family. FYI, by law, school board members cannot receive compensation. This is strictly a volunteer position. They're either doing it to give their time and talents in the true spirit of volunteerism or they have an agenda. I'm still amazed there's not more opposition to the husband and wife running together. I don't care what organization it is, I can't imagine that being a good idea.  (Apr 6, 2013 | post #9)

Antioch, IL

District 34 School Board

I was just informed that another current board member is a substitute teacher. Here's the list of current board members and candidates with teaching backgrounds: Kris Bolin - retired teacher (incumbent) Roy Bolin - husband of retired teacher Mary Beth Hulting - teacher Diane McMahon - substitute teacher (incumbent) Mary Kay McNeill - retired teacher/principal Mindy Pudlo - former teacher (mid-term) I'm not stating these people wouldn't make good board members. A couple of them have children or grandchildren in the district. They may do what's best for the kids. My question is, for those that don't, what's their motivation for running? Do we really want this much influence from one group? There's a candidates forum Thursday evening (4/4) at 7:30 in the AUGS cafeteria. I'll be out of town but am hoping someone brings up the topic.  (Apr 3, 2013 | post #3)

Antioch, IL

District 34 School Board

There's great potential this election for a huge conflict of interest in the District 34 school board. We already have two former teachers on the board and we now have a current teacher and a former principal running for election. Also, the husband of one of the current board members (a former teacher) is running for election. If both teachers and the spouse are elected, and assuming the spouse votes as his wife does, we will have five out of seven board members controlled by current or former teachers. Is this what's best for the district? I'm especially uneasy with having two votes from one household. Also, when the teacher's contract comes up for renewal in a few years, will the board do what's best for the kids, the taxpayers, or the teachers? I'd feel more at ease with added diversity on the board.  (Apr 3, 2013 | post #1)