For the third time voters have said no to the most expensive solution the district has ever considered. The district has bullied, lied, and scared patrons into thinking the world ends tonight. They gave out so much misinformation that people were voting out of fear. This is not the end of the world. Instead, we now have a chance to implement a solution that can be completed in 1 to 2 years , one which won’t raise taxes. The question on voters’ minds right now is whether or not D93 has the right leadership team in place to get the job done. If District 93 reverts to split sessions it will only be because Supt Shackett lacks the leadership skills to work with all sides of this issue to come to a true compromise. It will be forever known as the “Shackett split sessions”. Split sessions are completely unnecessary and would only be used to punish voters. We are immediately prepared to support a bond that addresses overcrowding sooner, helps all grades, and does not raise taxes. We have the solutions if the bureaucrats will only listen this time.
District 93 philosophy is to build a new school when it will be 70% full at opening. This means that before they build a High School that holds 1500 students, they will over crowd our two High Schools with 1050 more students than their capacity. Remember they are building this new High School to add 300 students when it is full. So we will have to wait until we are overcrowded by 210 students before we add the 300 students addition.
Before they build a Middle School that holds 1000 students they will over crowd our two Middle Schools with 700 more students than their capacity.
After they build the new High School they will move the 12 trailers that have 2 classrooms in each trailer to the Middle Schools to ease the overcrowding. When they build the new Middle School the High Schools will be over crowded again. Then, what will they do? Move the trailers back to the High Schools until they over crowd them again.
We have heard members of the School Board say the trailers are unsafe. They have no restrooms or drinking fountains to drink from. Then why would they move the trailers back and forth for the next 40 years!
We have received different numbers from District 93 on the growth of students from 3% , 3.1%, 3.5%, and 4%. We finally received from D93 an excel chart showing 3% growth out to 2040. Now remember the growth this year was 800 students which is well above 3%.
The chart below is using their numbers and not building a new school until it will be at 70% full when construction is completed. This philosophy makes no sense to us. We thought we were trying to find a solution to stop the overcrowding for the safety of our students and children! How can teachers effectively teach our children when the schools are always overcrowded? Open the chart below and add your children in the yellow area. See if they will be in an overcrowded Middle or High School when they attend. The results may surprise you.
Check out the image below to see how quickly Supt. Shackett's bond will put us right back into an overcrowded situation. Then, look at the long-term solution on the bottom. It's easy to see that we, as patrons, can get more for our buck if we VOTE NO ON MAY 19.
Note: This was created using District 93's own numbers!
Vote NO Group Hires Independent Polling Firm
“The patrons of School District 93 are clearly not in support of a school bond idea that takes 3 and half years before any relief is found,” stated Vote No D93 spokeswoman Halli Stone. “We commissioned an independent polling firm to conduct a district wide telephone survey. As expected, a large number, 73%, don’t favor Superintendent Shackett’s approach to solving the overcrowding issue. It takes too long, almost ensures split sessions, and raises taxes,” Stone reported.
“Superintendent Shackett and the school board have hidden behind some of their polling data. However, when we saw the way their questions were asked and some of the techniques used, we became suspicious of their results. Therefore, we hired our own firm and are finding that the approach the district is using to solve the overcrowding will never pass. Thankfully there are multiple options that can be pursued, once this bond is defeated for the third time. We can move forward as a community with a quicker plan that does not raise taxes. Patrons are beginning to discover that, according to Superintendent Shackett’s own words, the district’s current direction will almost certainly result in split sessions. This is because Superintendent Shackett’s plan will take 3 ½ years to complete a new high school. Overcrowding can be addressed much more quickly.”
March 11, 2015
The voters said they don’t want to wait 3 ½ years for solutions to the districts over crowding and have their taxes raised. Of the approximately 22000 registered voters in District 93, only 4829 voted for this plan, or less than 23% of all registered voters.
It should be appalling to voters that District 93 is so brazen in assuming that since they barely lost they should just put their heads down, not realize that 77% of all registered voters did NOT vote for this tax increase, and forge ahead again. If you haven’t heard, the district announced this morning that they want to try the same bond that just was defeated. And they plan on doing it at the next election cycle, which will be May 19, 2015. No changes. No listening to the 77% of “non-yes” voters. Head down, march ahead. All while taking time and resources and attention away from what they were hired to do- teach our children.
What are voters saying?
We call on voters to come in out in May 19th and say no. Three strikes and you’re out. Give us a better solution, one that solves issues now, without raising taxes now and into the future. There are 3 main plans that can do it (see www.votenod93bond.com for more info).