If you don’t read the comments under articles, you are often missing some good information.
Under yesterday’s story containing the application withdrawal letter for appointment to the elected office office of Regional Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey Schleff, there were three comments from former and current school board members about the office.
I’m going to share them with you.
Ned Neumann, former McHenry High School Board member wrote:
“The Regional Supt. of Schools is a needless, worthless form of government. I was an elected member of the McHenry High School Board of Education for eighteen years and I never understood why the superintendents at their monthly meeting couldn’t coordinate schedules for sports or whatever and why the State Board couldn’t verify certification of teachers.
“We can’t constantly complain about Illinois having 7,000 units of government, 2,200 more than the next highest state, while we still support township government and things like the Regional Supt. of Schools.
“We’ve been without a supt for almost a year.
“Can anybody notice the difference??”
Former Crystal Lake Grade and High School Board member Jim Bishop wrote:
“As a past member and President of the Board of Ed in Crystal Lake-Cary-Grove District 155 for 9 years and member of the Crystal Lake District 47 Board of Ed for 4 more years, I wholeheartedly agree that the Regional Superintendent position should be eliminated, the office closed and the expenditures be eliminated.
“While I’m at it, I believe the same is true of the US Department of Education and believe most local educators would agree.”
Current Cary Grade School Board member Chris Jenner adds,
“Another BoE veteran (me, Cary D-26) agrees with the above comments, particularly Mr. Bishop’s proposal to eliminate the US DoE (which was originally going to be called the Department of Public Education till some government genius realized what the acronym would be).”