Public Comment portions filled with parent’s voicing concerns
At Monday night’s Round Lake Area School District 116 Board meeting a large number of parents stood up and expressed their concerns about multiple issues they have with the schools and administrators. Following are some of the topics on the agenda which are all included in the 2-hour video below so that you will know where to fast forward to hear what was said. Speaking of hearing, once again many of the board members still want to only address those sitting close enough to hear them without using their mics so portions of the video may need your volume cranked up.
The number in brackets below is the approximate minute marker in the video where this topic was discussed.
1st Public Comment portion [2:00 – 25:30]
Year-End Special Education Report [26:00 – 33:00]
Preschool/Kindergarten Update [33:15 – 49:26]
Discipline Report [49:27 – 55:29]
SEDOL Governing Board Update [55:30 – 58:13]
Superintendent’s Report [58:14 – 1:04:00]
Employment Report [1:05:28 – 1:10:30]
Preliminary Referendum Financing Options & Ballot Language [1:11:25 – 1:35:22]
Construction Manager Selection Update [1:35:33 – 1:38:25]
2nd Public Comment portion [1:38:27 – 1:55:60]
Once again RLAS D116 is planning on putting a school building bond referendum on the November 4th ballot, going for broke and requesting the maximum allowed under the law based on their current debt service. This will once again be for $29 million and includes $2.5 million in non-referendum bonds that only need a simple public notice and approval process. Area taxpayers will be paying off these referendum and non-referendum bonds long after the business manager and this administration have long gone. Listening to all the talk about retiring bonds early so that they could go for broke with a fresh referendum sounded more like some type of shell game being thrust upon the taxpayers. On top of that, don’t forget the $17.5 million (plus) that taxpayers will shell out over the next TEN years with little to show for it other than rent receipts from Pleviak Elementary School.
While I was at the high school I snapped a photo of the new school-based clinic (SBC) that is being attached to the school. Parents who are planning on using the clinic for simple enrollment physicals or whatever, should be aware that even though they may think that they are just signing for the physicals they are signing away ALL rights to being notified in the future of their child’s treatment at the facility. It’s a pretty clever way to get those badly needed signatures to make the facility a profitable venture for the investors involved. Be aware of what you are signing and agreeing to when it comes to retaining control over your child’s health care and information (privacy).
The following video does NOT include the portion after the Closed Session of the meeting.