Attention Matt Klosterman, superintendent Belleville School District 118: We need to stop rushing into more brick, mortar and steel. Our public schools are far too much in debt for any more construction, and to add to that the giving away of a perfectly good high school, all for only $1.
Over the past 10 years public schools have consistently threatened to lay off teachers, and have never added or requested one dime to hire and add a teacher to the faculty.
We all know student population spikes and falls but rarely ever stays level; it would be much wiser to add another teacher to a classroom than to build a new building. Fifty years isn’t old for a building; after all, the Empire State Building is 84 years old. Should we tear it down too?
I am going to include some of the things we taxpayers are responsible for, the No. 1 item is his future pension. Doesn’t he think we should address this first? School funding is another, and tax increment financing. School districts keep supporting them. Educators don’t seem to understand, they take away property tax dollars and keep raising tax rates. In St. Clair County and Madison County combined, it amounts to $100 million each year. Check your county.
James E. Saffel Sr.