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It would have been helpful if the board publicly scheduled the meeting further in advance, so more people could make plans to attend.
It makes zero sense that they raised the funds 19 months ago and have yet to put a shovel in the ground. This is not how construction financing works and indicates there is a much bigger problem.
We are talking about building a brand new state of the art leed designed building when fifty per cent of the students coming into ETHS need remediation and there is a large exodus of students from District 65 schools. This indicates a much larger problem than the school board wishes to acknowledge. If we want to be transparent I.e. see through what its going on let’s look at the larger picture
With regard to your comment about a Wheaton citizen suing their district, was this before or after they proceeded with the securing of funds through the lease certificates? What is the potentiality of a lawsuit brought against our district and board now? What, if anything, could it accomplish? Could the whole project be dismantled? Personally, I don’t think this school is feasible and it’s purpose (to pad resumes) is sketchy and I don’t even think the student population bears out it’s necessity (except if you only consider it to be righting a wrong of yore). Righting this wrong creates more wrongs that in the end will hurt the very population it was intended to serve. I wish we could go back and force a referendum. This whole financial malfeasance makes me so angry. All we read about is how in a few short years both our city and school district will be in absolutely dire financial straights and the city council and administration fiddle while Rome burns. Spending money like they just won the lottery. Taxes are being raised annually, sewer and water predicted to increase 66% over the next few years- it is all absolutely crazy yet seemingly NO ONE CARES.
We need demand a forensic audit of the entire spending of District 65. There's either incompetence, embezzling, willful lying or all three going on at the District Administration office.
I can’t attend but will watch the video. I wonder if there is a prepayment penalty? It’s hard to imagine but what if they paid back the principal and started over the “right way?”
In the RoundTable article on the “dedication “ ceremony for the school it says: “ Stepping to the lectern one final time, Horton said that back in 2020, when he had just arrived in Evanston, the school board gave him the all-important task of returning a school to the Fifth Ward, even though a funding source had not been identified at that point.”
So Horton says the Board gave him this task at the time of hire. Was there any discussion of the school in the board meeting minutes in 2020?
Was there any mention of the need for a new school during the superintendent search?
A non-public search, a hire with zero experience as a superintendent. The fix was in.