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Forum: Major decisions in SD 201U

Updated: December 11, 2013 6:39AM



Crete-Monee School District 201U is facing major decisions on what to do with its school buildings, several of which need major life safety repairs totaling several million dollars to bring them up to current standards for our children.

Some of the buildings were constructed as far back as the 1950s and early 1960s, putting them far past their intended life and unable to support modern technological, HVAC and space needs. The need to repair these buildings has been postponed for years by past school boards.

We can spend millions improving these schools or we can build at least one new building and expand one or two others to provide adequate buildings for the next 30-40 years. As a member of the school board and a taxpayer in District 201U, it makes no sense to me to spend millions on old buildings that will likely need to be repaired over and over again, costing more and more tax dollars when all is said and done. I encourage every taxpayer in District 201U to attend the Nov. 13 community forum at the high school at 6:30 p.m. and voice your opinion as to how you would like to see your tax dollars spent on these buildings. The district’s master facilities plan will be presented by Dec. 11. It is your tax money that will be spent, so now is the time to be heard.

Michael D. Turay

District 201U board member

Crete

Stop beating up on teachers

“This overwhelming desire to help students is a common thread among all the teachers I speak with. They all cared for their students deeply, but even this couldn’t keep teachers like Hayley or Emma in the classroom. Simply put, everything else — the workload, the emotional toll, the low pay — was just too much.”

This is an excerpt from the article, “Why Do Teachers Quit?”, in the October 2013 issue of The Atlantic magazine. I am a retired teacher from Lincoln-Way High School District 210 who loved teaching and still do. I retired early because some of my administrators made my life difficult the last few years so I would retire and they could hire a new person at a lower salary.

Now our governor and legislators have decided to add stress to our lives when our lives should be less stressful in retirement. This is emotional abuse. From one day to another, we are not sure of our retirement income, what medical insurance we will have, what it will cost and if the program is any good.

The state of Illinois has taken it upon itself to offer us Medicare Advantage, handing our public insurance over to a money-making private insurer. This from a state that cannot handle its Medicaid program. Is this another ripoff by the state? What a way to treat teachers.

Teachers are one of the great assets of this nation. We are more valuable to society than actors, athletes, Wall Street CEOs and most government officials. Start treating us as such.

And remember, Illinois teachers do not get Social Security, and we paid for many years into our pension fund.

Lorna Paisley

East Dubuque, Ill.



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