November 3rd, 2006

Lets share ideas and make District 220 better for our children.


Say NO to 5th Graders in middle school

November 3rd, 2006

Say No to 5th grade in middle school! The thought of my kids being educated by 8th graders instead of teachers is not too appealing. The separation idea is nice but it only takes a few seconds for kids to overhear a conversation by the pg-13 crowd. I can only imagine …daddy what does ^%*$ mean? Although maybe we will teach sex ed to 4th graders to prepare them for middle school. It’s tough enough for my 6th grader now.

Think I’m wrong! Walk over middle school to pick your child up from school and listen to the conversations the older kids are having with their friends. On occasion you find one or two kids trash talking on their cell phones. Imagine your kid walking through the crowd sitting on the bus while kids sing an x rated rap song or talk about a pg-13 movie.

Separation only works if they are 100% separated … like making the grade schools larger to be K-6 instead.

Randy H.

Why hide the real tax costs?

November 3rd, 2006

Are we stupid? Maybe! I saw the tax rates and said Wow $175/year … that’s a no brainer … I’m voting YES!

Then I started thinking how much does it take to pay off an $89,000,000. I went to Barrington banks mortgage calculator and found its about $8,000,000/year for 30 years. Hum something just does not seem right. I checked the census numbers and found 6,230 households in the area (not sure if Deer Park, Carpentersville and Tower Lakes were in the numbers so lets make it) 8,000 households. The $175 rate is for a $350K house but lets use $460K for an average with a $270 rate. 8000 * $270 = $2,160,000 where does the other 5,840,000 come from? Oops the low $175 rate is a first year only teaser rate to get us to vote this one in! The actual cost for a $460K home will be around $1,000/year.


Not sure if it would change my vote but it does make you wonder if this is a teaser what else is a teaser? If you live in a big house and only have one kid then voting no will probably pay for tuition at quest academy instead!