Voting is a privilege; informed voting is a responsibility. The records of incumbents running for O’Fallon boards of education make it prudent to vote for new members. My vote is on conservatives John Valentine and Stephan Gorazd for O’Fallon District 90 and Jim Rubush for O’Fallon High School District 203.
The boards simply agree with superintendents’ decisions. The District 203 board passed a $4 million bond through a little-known, and less respected, back door referendum, and awarded their superintendent a new five-year contract.
Seeing the slip by the voters, the others tried to use the same method for $2 million (cleaned out the existing computer lab in anticipation.) The board refused to abide by a legal petition for voters.
These actions were not the first time these board members voted in a manner inconsistent with the desires of the populace. A 2013 referendum for increased tax failed, forcing the board to re-evaluate expenditures. Result: a balanced budget for the first time in a decade.
A balloon payment is looming for bonds to pay for Carriel Junior High. Despite promises there would be no increase in the tax rate, it has already risen by 6 percent.
The most egregious action: manipulating/using the children. A gut-wrenching reaction to voter-denied increased taxes, designed to create as much havoc and public pressure as possible on dissenting board members, eliminated extracurricular activities. The incumbents apparently prefer to raise taxes, and deprive children, to finding innovative ways to fund ever-increasing desires.
Tempie Thompson Lyons