Letters to the Editor

Letter: Not a lot of transparency from D-155

To the Editor:

The School District 155 Board needs to play the lottery!

What are the odds that the Crystal Lake South (CLS) parent meeting (Feb. 5) and the Haber Oaks Campus (HOC) parent meeting (Feb. 8) regarding the “possible relocation” of Haber Oaks to CLS both would be plagued by inclement weather, treacherous enough for school activities to be canceled (but not too treacherous for parents to navigate)?  

Interestingly, the weather-related email CLS parents received Feb. 5 referred to the “HOC Transition meeting.”

“Transition” meeting?

That sounds like a decision that already was made.

What happened to “possible relocation?”

On Feb. 20, before the vote, impassioned parents from CLS and Haber Oaks took the podium and presented facts, anecdotal evidence and personal examples in support of keeping Haber Oaks open.

Based on the subsequent commentary by individual board members after the open forum, it was evident that the straws had been tallied long before this meeting started, however.  

Whether you see value in this decision or not, the details are fuzzy and so is the math. The initial CLS parent meeting invitation arrived in the inbox Jan. 29, and the vote was made official less than a month later.

If relocating Haber Oaks to the basement of CLS is truly in the best interests of the students and the taxpayers, the board should not have felt the need to rush this to a vote.

The transparency of the D-155 board is in question.

And, luck was on its side.

Debra Hartman

Crystal Lake

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