Letters to the Editor

Letter: Alden-Hebron High School doesn't need consolidation

To the Editor:

This letter is in regard to Mr. Paul Huber’s letter on Alden-Hebron High School.

As a 30-year resident of Hebron, a parent of two students who graduated and went on to college from here, a coach and school board member on my second term, I find it remarkable how knowledgeable you are about our communities (Alden/Hebron) but how little you really know.

We offer sports for our student-athletes – notice student is first, and yes, we have a gymnasium and auditorium that also seats hundreds of people in which we attend games, concerts and community events.

I am sure our teaching staff just loved your comment on how dedicated Richmond-Burton Community High School teachers are, and they are not? Really, anyone who goes into education is dedicated because it surely isn’t for the money or fame.

I also find it interesting that you say our school is and does not provide a safe environment, and what does looking modern have to do with education? It’s not the walls that provide a great education, but what’s inside those walls.

I truly believe that our students do have opportunities if they desire to reach for them. We utilize both Lake County College and McHenry County College in our course descriptions, as do other high schools in our county.

We have had students go on to become doctors, lawyers, certified public accountants, nurses, teachers, social workers, engineers, welders, mechanics, boat captains – you name it.

I do not think you clearly understand the consequences of consolidation, the rise of taxes, logistics, the loss of jobs – but most of all, our communities’ identities. Sure, it sounds good to an outsider on paper.

But in reality, we are happy with what we produce here at Alden-Hebron. Is there room for improvement? Always.

So please, if you have input, share our board meetings 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the elementary school. We’d love to have you.

Johnny Eskridge


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