If you live Northbrook/Glenview School District 30, voting YES for the bond referendum on April 4th to fund the construction of a NEW Maple School (and some modest life/health safety improvements at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools) is, put simply, a smart and much needed investment for our District 30 community. Maple School is actually the oldest middle school in all of Northbrook and Glenview combined, and the District 30 community needs to take action NOW to preserve the quality of education, continue to attract the best teachers, and further enhance home values in District 30 that residents have come to know and expect.
Opponents may argue that this is just another way for government to tax us further. I am always skeptical of “big government” reaching into our pocketbooks without really knowing or fully understanding how that money is being spent by the county, the state, or the federal government. This is different. This is a LOCAL vote for LOCAL funding for a LOCAL need. This is how many of us envision taxes should be levied and paid—in ways that are transparent and benefit not only our home values (everyone knows good schools are synonymous with higher home values) but also as investment in the educational future of our community’s children.
If you investigate this bond referendum further, you’ll see the alternative (i.e. people vote NO) is that District 30 will spend a minimum of $15 million toward glorified maintenance projects at the current Maple School. After that, District 30 will still be faced with additional capital improvements for Maple several years later. None of this will improve the current facility enough to enhance the learning experience for the students, and our district will not see any property value increases from simply a “better maintained” school versus a new school.
Vote YES on April 4th to finance a new Maple School if you are a District 30 resident! Don’t stay home for this historic district opportunity.
Julie St. John
District 30 resident