Everyone Wins with Improved Schools

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), March 7, 1998 | Go to article overview
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Everyone Wins with Improved Schools

Byline: Rose Malcolm

Editor's note: The following opinion essay was written by Rose Malcolm, the Carol Stream Area PTA Council president. She and her husband are parents of a junior at Glenbard North High School, an eighth-grader at Stratford Junior High and a fifth-grader at Jay Stream Elementary School.

I support Glenbard's $16 million bond sale referendum because of the enormous benefits it will help to provide for our Glenbard high schools, our students and all the taxpayers within the district.

The referendum is a smart, cost-effective way to expand and substantially improve all four of the Glenbard high schools.

The fact that this can be accomplished at no additional cost to the taxpayer is remarkable. A successful referendum will be "win-win" for everyone.

All of the district's schools are now at capacity. There are mobile classrooms at Glenbard North and Glenbard East, and there will be mobile classrooms next year at Glenbard South. Glenbard West has two satellite classrooms at the district's administrative center a block away from the West campus. All four schools are operating at full capacity and 1,000 more students are already on the way.

My daughter is a junior at Glenbard North and her classes are full. It's evident that something must be done immediately if the district is going to be able to continue to provide the high-quality education associated with the Glenbard high schools.

Ask your Realtor about the relationship between school quality and home value. You'll see why it's so important that this no-tax-rate-increase referendum be approved.

Without the funds to expand its schools, the district has limited options available to it.

None of the options are good, especially if they involve placing limits on the number of courses our students can take, or scheduling alterations that involve split shifts, late starts, or similar methods of putting more students into inadequate facilities.

The current "fifth high school" issue has confused voters. The March 17 referendum is not multiple choice. A fifth high school is not on the ballot.

In 1992, the District 87 school board held a referendum to build, equip and operate a fifth high school. Despite an extensive, hard-fought campaign, taxpayers soundly defeated the fifth high school referendum.

In fact, taxpayers throughout the district voted 5-to-1 against the referendum item seeking funds to operate a fifth Glenbard high school, and 2-to-1 against the referendum item seeking funds to build a fifth school.

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