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Re: School Taxes

I will be voting for the levy and will be very supportive.  My track record during my tenure on the Board was to go to the public and ask for more money.  I did this every year as the minority position.   Joe Geiger during his last year supported an increase to the levy.  We keyed any increase to long term contracts and very  specific goals. 

Incidentally, I have received a considerable amount of feedback from a very wide assortment of folks.  Many will never vote for a levy increase without significant changes within the district.  I will list the feedback in order of importance. #1 increase the instructional days, #2 do not reconfigure West Park, #3 increase Votech, 4# use the U of I.  

The most common theme:  get rid of the present Admin and the present Board.  Please note that low class size was not much of a concern and that long term contracts did not seem to be on the radar screen.


At 08:33 PM 03/29/2002 -0800, Jack Porter wrote:
Gerry, your stated goals are fine (long term and fair labor contracts, using the university for dual enrollment and Votech, and increasing instructional days to 180), but voting "no" on the levy would be counterproductive.

Do you think the school district will expand its vocational programs when it's having to cut back existing programs for lack of money?

On April 23 we have only two choices -- this levy or no levy.  Realistically, would our kids get a better education with fewer teachers, larger classes, and fewer course offerings?

There are a lot of things you and I both wish the district would do differently, but voting the levy down isn't the way to get there.  It might make you feel good, but it's not  constructive.   A levy failure would certainly produce changes, but not the ones you want.  To get the changes you want, we need to change some board members' minds, or replace some board members.

Jack Porter

At 11:33 PM 3/28/2002 -0600, you wrote:

I think it is time to insist on changes and insist on 1) long term and fair labor contracts, 2) using the university for dual enrollment and Votech, 3) increasing instructional days to 180 not 167.  These are very boiler plate and simple items.  We are not building the international space station.  I have not heard of one meaningful reform from the district that will actually cause the above to transpire.    Thankyou for reading this, nothing in education as I have learned can be stated in a few words.  Jerry 

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