Sunday, January 20, 2013
Letter to the Editor: District 46 Board Member Shannon Smigielski writes an open letter to the person she said threatened her family in a phone call about the ongoing teacher strike. Another negotiating session will be 5 p.m. Sunday at Park School.
Sunday, January 20
Please, leave my daughters alone. This is to the man who threatened my daughters: At 11:45 p.m. last night, Sat. January 19, 2013, you called my home. My family was sleeping so you opted to leave a message on our answering machine. While I cannot write verbatim what you said because of the vile and abusive language it contained, I can paraphrase with accuracy since it remains on our machine. “You are a (expletive) liar. I’d really hate to see what happens to your daughters at school when I have my kids (expletive) taunt them every day because their mother is a (expletive) liar. Settle the (expletive) strike.” First, you must know that the police were contacted and I have filed a report regarding your call. If their investigation leads …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Letter to the Editor: Resident Ron Skiba debates fairness of contract proposals.
Thursday, January 17
At this point whether you support the District 46 Board of Education position or the teachers' union position, I think there is consensus that the longer the strike goes on, the more the kids are hurt. Per the signs they carried, all the teachers want is a fair contract. From a previous article on the Grayslake Patch, the two proposals are this: Board of Education: Two-year contract Retirement: Compensation: Teachers' Union: Two-year contract Retirement: Compensation: They disagree on two points, salary increase/percentage three to four years before retirement and staff increase/percent amounts for all non-retiring teachers. I think the majority of us in our past employments have received increases based on our work performance with no …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Letter to the Editor: Grayslake resident Amy Connoy writes that she supports District 46 teachers, but now is not the time to be giving raises.
Monday, January 14
As you all likely know, our D46 teachers are planning to strike this Wednesday, January 16th. Reportedly, the union members believe that we parents support them – that we want them to get raises now. Yes, raises, now. But that is not what I believe. I am so grateful for the teachers on a daily basis. My friends whose children have attended Prairieview have nothing but good things to say about the Prairieview teachers. But even though I love the dedicated, hardworking, caring teachers, I cannot support a raise for them at this time. We all know that these are very trying economic times. Many people have lost their homes in foreclosure. Some people are without jobs. Most of those who do have jobs aren’t getting raises. In fact, I know of …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Letter to the Editor: Grayslake resident Chris Thibaudeau writes an open letter to the District 46 School Board members who voted against approving the proposed $32.6 million tax levy at its Dec. 19 meeting.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
To the CCSD 46 Board members who voted NO on the recommended tax levy: I watched the District 46 board meeting Wednesday night with high interest and went to bed in horror after witnessing the events that transpired. While I understand and sympathize that the decisions you face are extremely important, I cannot express anything other than my own belief that you have acted in the exact opposite way that a person in your position is supposed to. You were elected to operate the school district for the constituents of this area in the most sincere manner possible. I believe your first responsibility is to the students who live here. Second is to the residents as they have charged you with that task for them. You act on their behalf, in the …