The current elections to school board in D67 and D115 are quite unsettling to me, as a mother of children in the school districts.
I see it as a threat to our sound, stable, well functioning school districts, when a group of people seek to take over power, without having a solid plan on how to run our school districts. Thus far, most of what I have seen and read from this group are divisive or at best questionable character attacks of their opponents. From the racist rants and witch hunt against Dr. Holland, our High School Principal, to the attacks on Mr. Simeck and this month’s assault on Dr. Nemickas’ integrity.
The Final Four have been sending one false claim after the other, about how poorly our students are doing, how we are spending outrageous amounts on special education, a bloated administration, decline in property values etc. If one were to investigate one would find that they are all part of the “alternative facts” universe. I invite you to check out www.righttracklfhs.org to check for yourself. If you are still in doubt then Google the facts. I know it is easy to fall for the shocking exaggerated allegations we all have received in flyers and emails, but we owe our students and children to set an example and check the facts.
I am concerned that neither the Caucus nor others dare speak up against these attacks, which are manipulations of the truth. I understand that those members of the community who have spoken up against the Final Four have received nasty letters and emails. Yard signs of my neighbors and myself, for the Caucus-endorsed candidates, have been stolen, and other questionable methods have been used to influence the public opinion in our community. It is sad that we, in our educated city and village, cannot agree to disagree, and to still be respectful and courteous to each other.
What worries me the most is the obvious lack of judgment when the Final Four decided to misuse the school directories to gain access to parents and students emails, despite the fact that it is clearly stated that the directories may not be used for any kind of solicitation. In this day and age, abuse of privacy rights is highly worrisome. I wonder if there is not some legal issue that APT should follow up on, and as a parent I certainly hope APT will pursue this issue. No matter who, we cannot – as a community – accept that anybody violates our children’s privacy rights.
In mailings from the Final Four photos are used of what appears to be a school assembly. Again, did The Final Four get the permission from each of the parents of all these students to use their photo in their campaign?
This group is also abusing a registered Trademark “Final Four”, which is an NCAA trademark, that no other organization in USA is allowed to use. It is of concern that these candidates obviously have no respect for a registered trademark. If they are to gain control of our school board, what other elements of the law would they happily ignore?
Lastly, I would like to ask the Final Four – since you are receiving substantial financial support from the Uihlein Family: “Have you made any promises in return?”
As some of you might not know the Uihlein Family owns the company Uline, a supplier of office supplies to district 115. Would that not represent a conflict of interest?
As a mother with children in our school districts and a taxpayer I urge you to defend our school districts and our students, and vote for the Caucus endorsed candidates.
Yuh Micala M. Schabacker-Koppel