A message from Brent Siegmeier, a candidate for the Crystal Lake High School District 155 School Board:
Thank you for providing me the opportunity to briefly set forth my reasons for declaring my candidacy for election to the District 155 Board of Education.
Firstly, I am a 3d generation resident of, and graduate of, District 155.
My family has always been active in local organizations and issues, and I believe that it is now my turn to volunteer and participate in a local issue important to me and my family.
Nothing is more important than the education of our children and I would like to participate in that endeavor.
As a local business man, I have time and know some of the issues that are of importance to local residents when it comes to education.
I need to know more and become more involved in the process.
The fiasco generated by the ill conceived plan to enlarge the bleachers at South got me started.
I have strong reason to believe that the existing Board members rammed the entire project through with little or no community involvement.
When local residents strongly opposed the project, the current Board hired lawyers and stonewalled the public.
I am absolutely opposed to this way of doing school business.
I was able to speak with current and retired teachers, administrators and past Board members concerning many issues.
There currently exists an unprecedented disconnect between the Board of Education and Administration and the teaching staff.
As Illinois attempts to resolve a myriad of financial issues, certainly schools will be affected.
A recent Bill in the Illinois legislature would have taken more State aid from districts like 155 which would have had increased the already unfair tax burden on local residents.
Thankfully, that Bill was defeated but may raise its ugly head again.
These and many more issues must be communicated to the community on a regular and high level basis.
I do not believe this is currently being done.
I request your support and pledge to work in the best interests of the kids, the tax payers and the community.