I've watched with interest the varying arguments for and against a tax increase for District 90 in O'Fallon. One reason is that the state owes District 90 $1.5 million. OK, don't put that on the local residents, take the state to court to get the money.
Why not consolidate the school districts? We don't need multiple superintendents in O'Fallon. I know some fuzzy-brained statistician produced a study that said that would cost more. I'm sorry, but that doesn't pass the common-sense test. I have a friend who was the superintendent in Albuquerque, a city 20 times the size of O'Fallon. He managed.
Also, how do these folks manage to get tax issues on the ballot only in off-cycle elections? Because they know the voter turnout will be down and if they turn out all their union members and friends, they'll win every time.
I know O'Fallon has good schools, but I really don't see why the students have so many options. They shouldn't be starting their college majors in junior high and high school. Have a rigorous curriculum that everyone takes; institute a vocational track. If they want more, send them to SWIC. Every child is not a scholar.
My high school principal ran a school with 3,500 young men in iin downtown Baltimore. He would roll over in his grave if he knew O'Fallon High School had a superintendent, a principal, and four vice principals for 2,300 students.
Vote "no" on District 90.