To the Editor:
I am a Channahon resident with children attending school in the Minooka 201 district.
The recent municipal bond referendum for an additional $90 million to build a new school (and maybe others – none of that has been made clear to residents) sends a chill down my spine.
Our school district is $75 million in debt currently and we are in the top 1 percent of districts in Illinois for outstanding debt. Not a number to be proud of.
Recently retired school board member Doug Martin warned for YEARS that fiscally poor planning and overspending by the district would result in the situation we currently are faced with. If this referendum passes, taxpayers are looking at a total of $273 million dollars in debt service to pay off over the next 20 years.
I also am not against a new school being built if it is truly needed to meet the demand. Superintendent Kris Monn is banking on an annual FIVE PERCENT EAV growth rate in our district. Historically, this has never happened – and we are setting ourselves up to become the next “Lincoln-Way” or the next “Oswego,” etc. The average EAV growth in our district over the past five years was just 1.15 percent. Monn came up with these numbers based on his own methodology.
In the end, taxpayers in the Minooka 201 community want what is best for our children – and I truly believe that if the school board took steps toward showing responsible, fiscal planning, more trust would be earned with the community. Vote no on March 20 and say yes to responsible growth.