Approximately 10 years ago the west end residents of Fairview Heights spent $80,000, hired an attorney and left East St. Louis School District 189. It was overturned at the appellate court in Mount Vernon.
Grant School District 110 and Belleville High School District 201 spent thousands of taxpayer funds on lawyer fees to fight this because they didn't want the children at their schools.
There are approximately 457 homes in French Village paying more than $2.5 million in taxes to District 189. These funds could have saved District 110 from cutting staff and programs.
My advice to District 110 is to contact the superintendent of schools in Springfield and lobby him to release Fairview Heights residents from District 189, a district that recently squandered $20 million and raised property taxes 35 percent on all taxpayers in 2012.
Last summer I went to Springfield and spoke on behalf of the French Village residents and urged the state to remove District 189 school board members. Fairview Heights did not send one single official in regard to this dire situation. That's proof in the pudding enough to tell me that the city really doesn't care about all of the children in the city.
The possibility saving District 110 and rescuing students of Fairview Heights from the cesspool of education in the Midwest known as District 189 can both be achieved. Residents should save their money and vote "no" to the Grant-Illini tax increase and force the state's hand.