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Updated: April 16, 2013 3:49PM



As a North Palos School District 117 Board member, I would like to share my reasons for voting to put a referendum on the April 9 ballot to build a new junior high school.

Our current junior high, Conrady, is at 130 percent of capacity and has had three additions since it was built in 1965. Conrady uses four mobile classrooms to accommodate our still-growing enrollment. We are holding classes in several non-instructional spaces.

During the last five years, District 117 has spent roughly $16 million on additions at three of our five schools to accommodate increasing student enrollment and program changes such as honors classes, special education programs and English Language Learner programs.

When looking at more space for Conrady, we found that repairs, replacements and needed updates would cost more than a new building — an estimated $39 million for a new building and $41 million to renovate the existing one.

In addition, we find that our science labs and some other spaces are obsolete and so inflexible so as to leave them unfixable. In some cases, we found that we could not find replacement parts for some of our equipment.

The repairs would be done over a 10-year period if our referendum measure does not pass, putting an obsolete school one more decade behind the true needs of students who will need to compete in a modern global world.

Chris Slowik

School board member

North Palos School District 117

CTA ‘convenience’ fee

I guess if the Chicago Transit Authority can charge $3 a ride (their new fare upgrade) they can include a 50-cent “convenience fee” in their excessive charge to ride in dirty and overcrowded trains and buses.

Convenience? What hogwash. This is just another scam to dig into people’s pockets.

Riders should hold back that 50 cents and call it what it is — an “inconvenience fee” for being hustled by a cash-hungry CTA that cuts back service when it’s at their convenience.

Timothy D. O’Reilly

Chicago

How did we get here?

In answer to Jeff Robertson and all others who approve of same-sex marriage, if you were not conceived by a mother and father, you would never have been born. Have you ever considered that?

Regardless of what you say, gays and lesbians will never be equal to the men and women joined in marriage who provide our military and the future of our country.

The president has taken this matter before the California Supreme Court, and if it agrees that same-sex marriage is constitutional, you can believe an aroused citizenry will take it before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The politicians are interested in your votes. Real Americans are interested in the future of our country.

Ruth Williams

Oak Forest



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