To the Editor:
District 200’s strategic plan, developed in 2008, is severely outdated and needs to be revamped, beginning with fiscal responsibility.
The District 200 school board has failed to “proactively identify potential threats and trends that will impact District 200’s financial position” as well as “Seek, secure and sustain alternative sources of revenue to minimize the impact on the taxpayer,” both goals stated in the plan.
The District 200 school board is destroying the housing market by continuing to approve tax increases against homeowners in a depressed market, therefore driving up foreclosures, which causes low housing market values.
The District 200 school board negotiated a union contract in 2011 for teachers and administrative staff in poor faith, agreeing to salary increases from 3.5 percent to 4.5 percent annually, plus paying up to 90 percent of health care costs, free dental and life insurance until 2016, with no means to pay for it other than on the homeowners’ back.
It’s time for District 200 to live up to its strategic plan. Our backs are breaking!