Letters to the editor
Updated: April 2, 2012 8:04AM
Board members should resign
I have written two letters to the Lincolnwood Review regarding the current Board of Education at Lincolnwood School District 74 and its superintendent.
The first letter expressed my view that the residents do not trust the current administration in the handling of financial matters and that the construction of a new Lincoln Hall should be put on a ballot to be voted on by Lincolnwood residents.
The second letter was in regard to entitlements board members were seeking for their usage of personal cell phones.
Since these letters were published, the board, after having a lawsuit filed against them, voted to place the Lincoln Hall project on the ballot and withdrew their motions to reimburse board members retroactively for the usage of personal cell phones.
In addition, due to the diligence of several Lincolnwood residents, information has been made public that troubles me greatly.
There is evidence that the current Board of Education has spent our tax dollars on travel and entertainment in an irresponsible manner.
It also have been confirmed by Superintendent Mark Klaisner that some of the expenditures were for spouses of board members without reimbursement to the district.
Dr. Klaisner was quoted as saying that there was no intention by board members to reimburse the district until the expenses were made public through FOIA.
My concerns can be expressed in two words, “malfeasance” and “accountability.”
Malfeasance can be defined as “the doing of an act of which an officer had no legal right to do at all and that when an officer, through ignorance, inattention, or malice, does that which they have no legal right to do at all, or acts without any authority whatsoever, or exceeds, ignores or abuses their powers, they are guilty of malfeasance.”
I would consider travel and entertainment expenses for board member’s spouses without any intent to reimburse the district as an act of malfeasance.
Accountability can be defined in leadership roles as” the acknowledgment and assumption of responsibility for actions, products, decisions, and policies including the administration, governance and implementation within the scope of the role as public officials and administrators encompassing the obligation to report, explain and be answerable for resulting consequences.”
I strongly believed that some current board members and administrators at School District 74 are guilty of malfeasance with no accountability to the residents of Lincolnwood.
The only remedy to this problem is for these current Board of Education members and administrators to resign now, immediately, at this minute and no later!
You cannot stabilize and regain the trust of the community by reshuffling the deck with the same bad apples.
There has to be change. New board members and administrators need to be appointed.
If you continue on the current course, Lincolnwood will suffer, your reputation will continue to suffer and most important of all the children of Lincolnwood will suffer.
Please resign now; save face for yourself and the community. I hope this will be the last letter from me on this matter.
Seems that Skokie is giving more to some Dempster street merchants. I note the sign that has gone up at the site where the village has blown over $1 million that will never be recouped to bring in Oberweis. I see that a “Burger Joint” is coming to that spot as well.
So, what have all the long time Burger Joints on Dempster, Like McDonalds, Grecian Kitchen, Burger King, Hubs, Poochies, and Herms (apologies to any I omitted) that never asked for or received anything from Skokie except higher taxes received?
Subsidized competition. Subsidized in part by sales and property tax dollars paid to Skokie.
I’ll bet these merchants are happy to see their tax dollars at work.
(Side note: I like Oberweis. I am in favor of competition when the playing field is level.)