Predicting defeat of tax hike

November 17, 2013 

Once again the BND brings us the saga of Grant School District 110. Obviously they district's problems could have beensolved if they would have taken in the French Village children years ago instead of using taxpayer funds to hire lawyers and keep them out.

The French Village area has approximately 460 homes and several businessrd paying taxes to East St. Louis School District 189. This amounts to more than $2 million a year.

Obviously Regional School Superintendnet Susan Sarfaty, state Superintendent Christopher Koch and others believe that closing District 110 is a better option for "the children" (ha) than placing the French Village area in District 110 and saving a good school district.

The East St. Louis school district is the one that should be dissolved.

Why do these so-called leaders of education turn their backs on the very same children they claim to champion? Newsflash. It's not about the children, it's all for the teachers and administrators.

Sarfaty and Koch should be replaced, District 189 should be dissolved, and District 110 could be saved.

Grant Superintendent Matt Stines was inaccurate to state "District 110 has made all the cuts they can." There is one other way to save District 110: Cut all salaries by 30 percent and combine supt duties.

I believe homeowners in District 110 will once again defeat the proposed referendum in march. Taxpayers have already paid enough in taxes.

Kevin Sheridan

Fairview Heights

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