I write with bitter disappointment at Elgin School District U-46's decision to give approval to the charter proposal.
I believe the decision displays a complete lack of responsible behavior given the stated financial issues facing our school district and the financial uncertainty facing every educational institution across the state.
It is a travesty to commit $2 million per year from the district budget for 1 untried charter that would serve a couple hundred students (and may actually cost a lot more than that) … just a day after U-46 officials said the district cannot afford $300,000 per year to provide breakfast to hungry children in 40 elementary schools (as reported in the Daily Herald).
So, the district denies food to hungry children? But allocates $2 million per year to an unnecessary charter? Shame!
Up to this point in my eight years as a U-46 parent I have been extremely supportive of the district and have defended U-46 in numerous discussions with other parents as well as family members and friends who are interested in excellent education.
Today, I can no longer give that kind of support to U-46. You have lost a cheerleader.
Please follow up your unfortunate decision by doing the only responsible thing you can, at this point, and report to all families in U-46 the following: which district budget lines will be cut; which existing schools will suffer cuts; what current student programming will be cut; which teachers and staff will lose their jobs; all in order for the district to pay its new $2 million annual bill to the charter.
The sum of $2 million or more per year will not magically appear out of thin air, so cuts to the rest of the district schools will follow on this destructive decision.
Going forward, you must take responsibility for the damage the charter will cause to the district and be fully transparent about the budget cuts and the reason for them.