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Who do you trust?

Who do you trust when seeking information about the High School District #113 Referendum Proposal, and the Long Term Facility Master Plan for Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools?

Who do you trust? 

Ultimately, when trying to sort out “real” information from dis and mis-information, one goes to trusted sources. So who do you trust?  And the first question is:  Does this source, or person, have an interest, an axe to grind, so to speak?  

Do you trust seven elected community members, The Board of
Education of High School District #113, who volunteer considerable time and
effort in the service of the public interest? They clearly have an interest in furthering public education in our District.  We elected them for that very
reason, in part because no matter how many of us have reservations about the
cost, the politics, or the value of certain things, we pretty much all agree that a superior secondary public education system is necessary and desirable in our community.  So have they lost credibility simply because they see the need for significant improvements in the facilities for which they are responsible?  

Alright, who else do you trust?  Do you trust over 100 community members, also volunteers, who spent countless hours evaluating the existing facilities while extensively consulting with leading industry professionals, and for nothing more than the satisfaction of knowing that they helped represent their community in making an important decision?  

Who else might you trust? 
Might you trust a steering committee, made up of six highly credentialed
professionals from our community, some of whom were very skeptical at the start, also volunteers, who unanimously agreed that these needs at our two high
schools demanded a solution, and then crafted one, again by collaborating with
recognized experts in school construction and facility management? 

What about people, who now that a plan has been presented,
have stepped up voluntarily and taken an active role to ensure that our high
school facilities continue to support the exceptional educational outcomes that
our community has come to expect?  Would it help to know that the majority of those I have described have few or no children remaining to be educated at the high school level, and they therefore have , “no axe to grind” except to do what they truly feel is best for the future of our community? 

Who do I trust?  I trust the people who have chosen to reside in this place, my neighbors, to seek out trusted sources and make sure the information upon which they base their decisions is accurate.  And if you can’t trust all of these people, then who can you trust? 

I’m voting YES?  What about you?

Disclosure:  The author has sent one sharp axe off to be dulled by the rigors of real life.  He has three hatchets in various stages of honing, and 3 little axelets unground.  

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Walter (Tripp) Hainsfurther February 22, 2013 at 09:31 PM
I agree with Forest regarding who to trust. The District has all of the facts on their website as to how we arrived at this recommendation. Every set of study group notes is there for those of you who wish to educate yourselves. As far as coordination between taxing bodies, that would be great if this was a perfect world. Illinois has the second highest number of taxing districts in the country (behind Pennsylvania.) WHy aren't you demanding an end to things like township government, the mosquito abatement district and the sanitary district? Finally, I agree with "James Dean." If the district socked away all that money, folks would want lower taxes. "Walter", unfortunately the way we use buildings change. Schools don't operate the way they did when we were kids. Instead of just the three "R's" there are the 4 C's, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking. The classroom needs to look different to accomplish these things. Its like a City that doesn't replace it's facilities for 50 years. They issue binds to rebuild them (see the Highland Park police and fire headquarters, City Hall, water park, etc.) There are no guarantees in life, but your fellow citizens have made a number of the past transgressions issues and the Board seems to be acting on them. Our continued vigalence will hold them accountable, or they will be replaced.
Deerfield Resident February 23, 2013 at 04:30 PM
RB. You seem to post 24/7? Lots of time on your hands? The people paying the taxes are the ones working for it - typical liberal - wants to spend other people's money! You want to limit the park district $. Aren't you the one on another post who defended the library expense - wow that was a great way to keep up with other communities!!!!! And to have a place to go to check out videos, books on cd's and to research your family tree! Oh boy! Sometimes you have to say NO.... NO in a time where money is tight and wait until things get better thus the meaning of conservative! Obviously you don't get that because it's not your money - it's other people's thus the meaning of liberal....
RB February 23, 2013 at 05:34 PM
You really should try to control your obsession with me. Sully, Just Sayin and I are flattered. Apparently, the fact that we are not as deeply grounded in a specific ideology as you are really gets to you. The facts are that the schools need this work to be done. I've expressed my concern that we are taxed by multiple Taxing Districts ( not just school districts) and some of these taxing bodies have an abundance of funds to spend (ie: my comments about the Park District) while others are having to ask for more money. Spending on our schools is a first priority (after basic Village services and infrastructure) as far as I'm concerned. Spending to build things like the underpass at Deerfield road and the nice new swing sets at Woodland Park represent our tax dollars being spent without overall prioritization.
Deerfield Resident February 23, 2013 at 06:38 PM
It's directed at the 3 musketeers because your're probably the same person and your views are consistently intolerable...believe me, I have no obsession about you similar to the theme I'm trying to get away from on our last battle. I see you said nothing about the library expenditure I mentioned.....you just mention schools which , of course , we believe s/b top rate - there's no argument there w/o looking bad - I'm not touching that. But sometimes you have to say no when the money isn't there and my point is you liberals don't get that. If you ran your household like local and fed govt's spend money when they don't have it....you 'd be in the poor house. But then again you'd then ask for more money to bail people like yourselves out. It's a never ending battle with liberals or..... spenders! Anything someone needs....no matter if we have to borrow from china or mortgage our kids futures.... Just like all Illinois liberals... Tax and spend. Learn to say NO once in awhile.
forest barbieri February 26, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Sorry about typo's. Was on a four hour delay in Denver Airport, tired and typing on iPhone:)

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