May 11, 2000
by Stewart Lilker
to the Better Plan
|When the Board's bond
proposition failed, I told Mr. Grover and the rest of the school board
that it was a bad plan that didn’t address the needs of the district or
the students, otherwise it would have passed. Mr. Grover responded,
saying, "If you can come up with a better plan, why don’t
you?" I told him that I don’t want to come up with a plan myself,
but I would be more than willing to sit down with a group of concerned,
dedicated, and talented community members and the board to help them
devise a plan that would be acceptable and benefit everyone. Board VP Al
Renken, the real leader of the board, said, "We don’t want your
The Better Plan Committee (BPC) was formed
to develop an alternative plan. As the Board had developed most of the financial
numbers, the (BPC) did nothing more that redistribute
them. The BPC added full day kindergarten, something that the board has
refused to do, elevators, and the health and safety
related items that the Board had removed. The BPC truly thinks that this
is a Better Plan and the Committee asks you to examine it carefully,
before you vote on May 16th.
The BPC members are all concerned and
dedicated community members. Like the Board of Education, the committee
has five members. Unlike the Board of Education, the BPC is a diverse
group with diverse views that represents all corners of the community.
• Stephanie Cieslik - Co-president of the High School PTA and parent.
• Eloy Yndigoyen - Professional educator, guidance counselor, director
of the Freeport Neighborhood Association and parent.
• X X ( A dedicated
BPC member has asked to remain anonymous).
• Sunday Coward - Professional educator, doctorial candidate, school
board candidate and parent.
• Stewart Lilker - Business man; former mayoral candidate and founder