Lucy…This current school board has hired a competent superintendent without costing the district an arm and a leg, this new board encouraged a highly qualified and dedicated Schrum Principal to return to D157 because she left 2 years ago because she didn’t want to deal with the turmoil and BS generated by the old school board and Hendicks. The schools have made AYP and have programs in place to maintain this status, yet you’re going to get on a band wagon to have these board members voted out next spring because the District picked up less than $400 per board member to spend 2 nights downtown? D157 has consistently run in the black financially benefiting from the River Oaks shopping Center’s and will now benefit from the new Sam’s Club when that property gets on the tax payrolls. I agree, the economy is struggling and there are a lot of foreclosures which may/will affect the revenues into the District. You also have the legitimate comment about the District watching their spending, but to suggest these board members be replaced is ridiculous. Who do you think will step in, ahh, I think the old board members who lost the last election and will run again taking advantage of unfair criticism they are receiving from you.
Once again, you are confusing what I have written with what Lucie has written. Are you under 85 years old?
Secondly, I agree. This board has made great strides in improving the environment for learning. BUT, my point, and this is the last time I will state it, I believe, with the economics as they exist, that the board wasting $400 each is a slap in the face to anybody who has lost their homes, jobs, and still faces the next installment of the taxman. If you think for a minute Sam's Club is going to help this district, you are again sadly mistaken. They will not be paying any property taxes (to speak of) for TEN more years. In addition, if you think Day Care centers, nail salons, and tatoo parlors are a viable source of property taxes, again, wake up.
Finally, again, nobody has suggested replacing anyone. Just pointing out similarities from the past. Take it whichever way you wish. I personally campaigned for this board. And I still believe (with one exception) that it is an excellent governing body. Just use a little common sense people.