I went through the D200 board meeting minutes to see how often each of this year’s candidates has spoken, and on what topics. I did not check for committee meetings. Mr. Lonks attends the finance committee and the facilities committee meetings on a regular basis. As far as I can tell, others do not. For each entry, regular font is what appears in the minutes, Italics for more detail based on listening to the videos. Links to a few videos are at the bottom of this post.
Harold has spoken many times over 8+ years at board meetings on a wide variety of topics.
|Year_Mo_day||topics from the meeting minutes|
|2010_8_25||topic not specified|
|2011_6_8||Technology & Budget|
|2011_7_13||Mr. Lonks asked questions about some line items and distributed a sheet of questions. Mr. Farley will follow-up with Mr. Lonks to address his questions.|
|2011_11_9||IEP Software renewal|
|2012_2_22||(end-of-meeting) Meeting Comments|
|2012_5_9||Consent Agenda Items (beginning & end)|
|2012_6_13||(end-of-meeting) Agenda Items|
|2012_12_12||(end-of-meeting) Jefferson design and funding options|
|2013_6_12||(end-of-meeting) Public Comments|
|2014_1_4||Debt (others spoke of B-Sports)|
|2014_2_26||Bonds (D200 issued $10 million in bonds without referendum)|
|2014_3_12||GCA Contract, Technology, Financial Report|
|2015_3_11||Cell Phone Tower/Budget|
|2015_6_4||Contract and Public Comments|
|2015_6_10||Tech & Contracts (& end-of-meeting) Public Comments|
|2016_9_14||EnerNOC, Community Survey, Master Facility Plan|
|2016_11_1||Budget for Proposed Projects
Wants included in the list of things to do
|2016_11_9||Proposed Calendar and Tax Abatement Agreement|
|2017_1_11||Action Items, Capital Renewal Funding, Bond Resolution
Sherman Dergis (fund building maintenance continually)
|2017_2_8||Fund Raising Feasibility Study / Facility Master Plan|
Trust – $ on lit is misleading
Vroman “Point of clarification, neither the district nor the board sent those out” But Sue Booton was helping design the lit for the Say-yes group.
|2017_11_8||Consent Agenda – Synergy Renewal and Bond Operating Principles
Policy – Email questions to superintendent prior to meeting who will respond to all board members – how is that open communications? Does it violate open meetings act?… board policies conflict
We have a spending problem – like a super star, with bonuses
(How do you track operational expenditures? why raising fees again? A Board member said “fees raised to feel the pain because the referendum wasn’t passed”)
|2018_1_31||(end-of-meeting) Budgeting & Forecasting|
|2018_3_14||Board Expenditure/HS Textbooks/Lease Agreement
(Harold read the floor debate from 2001 when the school code was changed to include the word “Lease” – referendum required to build. Harold said he thinks we need a new Jefferson, but we need to do it legally)
|2018_5_9||Consent Agenda & WWEA Contract
(why is the dollar amount not on the agenda? Utilization report on laptops before we by more, WWEA new pay micro credentials… Contract is not a fair contract or win… how do you plan to pay for it all?)
|2018_7_11||Policy 7.40 (Home school participating in extra-curricular), Personnel Report|
|2018_10_10||Accounts payable, Calendar Survey|
Chris was elected to the board in 2015. She spoke a couple of times prior to that
|2015_3_11||New Special Needs PTA|
|2015_4_29||first meeting with Chris Crabtree as a board member|
|2017_1_11||Chris Crabtree (at 1:11:28) on the vote to place the 2017 $132 Million referendum on the ballot(praises “an authentic process” the Engage 200, she thinks the community was driving the process. See engage200-all-a-plan and engage200-aka-well-oiled-lachine)|
|2018_5_9||Chris Crabtree (at 1:42:25) comments on the collective Bargaining agreement for WWEA (teachers)
Chris Crabtree (2:02:20) pushed back on the High School Handbook – not user friendly.
Susan spoke 8 times:
|2014_2_12||Bond Issue “issuing a $10M bond is not a burden, it is a well investment… they are worth every single penny…”|
|2016_4_13||Master Facility Plan
“YES to all of it” The dashboard at our school is lit up like a Christmas tree… Oswego taxes are higher than Wheaton. What on Earth are we waiting for?” (comments made prior to 2017’s $132 million referendum
|2016_12_14||Facility Master Plan
big supporter of the plan ($132Million referendum) Other districts spend more per student than Wheaton… willing to pay more. What is the plan B? If this fails what will be cut?
|2017_2_8||Facility Master Plan
They are needs not wants – time for our community to step up
asks them to keep their eye on the ball and vote for Jefferson (build without referendum)
|2018_3_14||New Early Childhood Center / Secure Entries
“please” build a new Jefferson
Mary Yeboah & David Long
“Mary Yeboah,“ “Dave Long” and “David Long” were not found in any board minutes
December 14, 2016
Susan Booton (at 18:40) a big supporter of the plan ($132Million referendum) Other districts spend more per student than Wheaton… willing to pay more What is the plan B? If this fails what will be cut?
January 11, 2017
Jan Shaw (at 10:30 ) and Harold Lonks (at 15:23). Jan shaw – We need to cut spending first, lists several potential cuts. Harold spoke about the need to fund building maintenance continually and stop the spend/tax to the max policy.
Chris Crabtree (at 1:11:28) on the vote to place the 1017 $132 Million referendum (praises “an authentic process” the Engage 200, she thinks the community was driving the process. See engage200-all-a-plan and engage200-aka-well-oiled-lachine)
December 13, 2017
Harold Lonks (at 14:47) We have a spending problem – we are treating the Superintendent like a super star, with bonuses
March 14, 2018
Susan Booton (at 21:22) followed by Harold Lonks at 22:45. The district was looking to build without the legally required referendum. Susan Booton simply wants Jefferson built. Harold lists several items and then asks the district to make sure what they are planning is legal. “…This law that was passed back in 2001 was never meant to circumvent the obligation of a referendum for construction. So I hope the board has the courage to table the vote tonight get better legal counsel on whether or not lease certificate is actually legal… I do agree we need a new Jefferson. However, I do think we should be sure the direction we go is legally binding.”
Added 3/24/2019 in response to J Gregory Higgins comments.
And a screen shot from FaceBook during the $132 million 2017 referendum.