Updated: December 28, 2012 6:11AM
A new challenge in 2013: school board in Elgin District U46
I have had the honor and privilege to serve the people of Bartlett as village trustee for the last four years. When I ran for village board four years ago, I had first considered running for school board or park district board. I decided to run for village board because the village affects all of us so directly.
It was a difficult decision, as I knew than that the school board needed a conservative voice, someone who would question the actions and recommendations of the school administration.
Over the past four years as a village trustee, I have questioned many recommendations of staff and administration. Before spending your tax dollars on purchases, I asked tough questions to make sure it was the best use of your tax dollars. When it came to policy decisions, I asked tough questions to determine how it would affect the residents of Bartlett and made sure the decision stuck to common-sense, constitutional conservative principles.
Over the years, I have attended several school board meetings. And at most of them, I see measures passed, several purchases authorized, and contracts approved — none of which garnered any discussion or debate on the part of the seven members of the school board. Someone needs to ask some basic questions to make sure items being purchased, agreements being made, contracts entered into and policies being set are done so with your best interests in mind.
U46, the second-largest school district in the state, has a 2013 budget of $493.6 million and revenues of $478.9 million. Like far too many taxing bodies throughout this state and nation, they are spending more then they are bringing in. When we as individuals spend more than we take in, we pay the consequences; but when a taxing body spends more than it takes in, it wants, you the taxpayers, to pay the consequences of their spending. That is not fair, and that needs to stop.
Pull out your property tax bill from last year. Look at all the taxing bodies on it, and look at which government agency that is taking the lion’s share of your hard-earned money, and ask yourself a few questions. “Does the school board spend your money wisely?” The answer is no.
The school board also can directly affect what is being taught to the children in the district. Based on my observations at meetings and my visits at the schools, the school board would do well to ameliorate curriculum by identifying and removing ideological and educator biases.
It is time someone takes a stand and asks tough questions about what books are getting into the classrooms and what the author’s/teacher’s agenda might be.
District U46 needs someone who serves you, the taxpayers’, and the students’ interests first and foremost. I am answering the calling, and I will be running for District U46 School Board. I have decided to do this, instead of seeking re-election to the village board. I believe the village board has several good candidates for 2013, and I believe the administration has done a good job over the past four years and will continue to do so. I thank you for your support over the years and am asking for your support for an even bigger challenge in 2013.