Newly election Republican Precinct Committeeman from a mainly northern Four Colonies precinct reports on attending his seconde Crystal Lake Grade School Board meeting:
So, I attended my second D47 School Board Meeting on March 22nd. The meeting started off with a presentation and demonstration of the very impressive and fruitful program, Reading Recovery.
As soon as this was completed, Board President, Jeff Mason, addressed the people congregated and I quote,
“We will begin the meeting shortly and we do not expect you parents to sit through the whole meeting, so we will give you a moment to exit. Thank you for coming.”
First of all, I want to make sure to set the record straight. I DO NOT believe that Mr. Mason meant any bitterness within this statement.
I do not believe he intended to, in any way, tell anyone to leave outright.
Although I think, I would have stated it differently. I would have presented it with as much “invitation” as I could possibly muster because these parents SHOULD be attending the board meetings.
But, it was understandable as they all had their children in tow.
What I do want to do, is take this statement and make it UNUSABLE in the future!
I want to send out a request to ALL precinct committeemen and committeewomen, within the D47 boundaries.
This request is to get involved, get your constituents involved and make sure that our opinions and needs are being met by this school board.
What I would love to see the board do is to wonder how many more seats need to be set up instead of waiting for people to leave.
After all the parents, family and children had left, I was once again the lone attendant that was not a teacher, principal or administrator.
This is unacceptable!
We, the taxpayers, the parents and homeowners, must be present and involved, especially once it comes down to our tax dollars and the levels of taxation set forth for us.
I CHALLENGE all D47 precinct committeemen and committeewomen to attend at least one meeting a month.
I CHALLENGE all D47 precinct committeemen and committeewomen to recruit at least one of their constituents to participate in the meetings.
I CHALLENGE all D47 precinct committeemen and committeewomen to start asking questions within their precinct about taxes and what their constituents concerns are.
I CHALLENGE all D47 precinct committeemen and committeewomen to help me start stating “WE” instead of “I” when I write these blog entries!
I understand Republicans and Democrats are at work for the battle in the upcoming election. I understand we all have candidates to push for in November. But I ask you while you are out there while you are knocking on doors and shaking hands, that you take on my challenges and we start to see a greater interest in what is happening at these school board meetings!
Are you a new precinct committeeman or committeewoman? Are you newly elected? Re-elected? Please contact me. (firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 445-2927) Please get involved. I’m not asking much, just that we get involved! I look forward to seeing more of you at the next meeting. I look forward to seeing some parents, taxpayers and homeowners at the next session. I look forward.
See you at the next meeting on April 4th, 7 pm at the Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 CORE Center, 300 Commerce Dr. Crystal Lake, IL 60014.
I will be the guy in the bow tie if you want to say hi!