NO MEANS NO – Hinsdale High School District 86 – Referendum 3.0

You have no doubt heard the extreme and inflamed rhetoric coming from the D86 Board and their referendum supporters since November 2018 General Election.  So for the sake of truth and honesty, let’s recap what our tax and spend D86 Board has accomplished in the last two years.  On April 4, 2017 the D86 voters clearly and convincingly voted NO on the Board’s proposed $79,000,000.00 bond referendum.  And they did not listen.  So on November 6, 2018, D86 voters repeated themselves in a second rejection by voting NO on the Board’s proposed $166,000,000.00 bond referendum.  And still they did not listen.  So now your D86 School Board continues in its pattern of defiance of the voters’ will and is proposing yet another unacceptable bond referendum for the April 2, 2019 Municipal Elections; this time for $130,000,000.00.

                Unhappily, the taxpayers are being asked again to vote on a referendum that only serves to bailout the mismanagement and give-away contracts of this special interest agenda driven Board and its Administration.   So what is new and appealing about this bloated referendum effort?   In this instance the Board has adopted a new and clever tactic that it failed, or forgot,  to use in the previous two referendum failures; i.e. voter FEAR and INTIMIDATION.  Here is how it works, unless Referendum 3.0 is passed the Board will cut football, swimming, water polo and a variety of other popular student activities to generate the funds it needs.   By threatening these cuts the Board intends to apply maximum emotional and fiscal pressure on students and parents to force the referendum to pass.  However, what the Board has not considered in this scenario is addressing any of its unsustainable contracts and practices that are bankrupting the District.   Further, this Board continues to promote and sustain a divisive situation within the District by intentionally ignoring the fundamental resource and curriculum inequities between Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South.  One would think that the Board would attempt to address and remediate these inequities in order to garner broad voter support.  Instead, it has chosen FEAR and INTIMIDATION, as well as maintaining the Status Quo, to force Referendum 3.0.  It is also their last chance to force a referendum before the Board turns over in April. 

                You will be hearing more hysterical and histrionic rhetoric from the D86 Board and their Yes supporters over the next 90 days.  Instead of sound fiscal and financial practices you will be hearing raw pandering emotion.  Therefore, as you hear these things, ask yourself and the Board ( the following questions. 

1.       Why will the Board not utilize empty space at the South campus and correct the disparity in curriculums between the two campuses?  Would this not lessen the divisiveness between communities, as well as, minimize costs involved with a rebuild at the Central campus?

2.       Why will the Board not allow parents a choice in paying for sports before cancelling the sports and activities as they do in the overwhelming majority of suburban Chicago high school districts?

3.       Will the Board vote to reinstate the sports if its referendum passes?

4.       Why is the Board not supporting a $45 Million referendum as the D86 survey referenced in order to gain wide community support?

5.       Regarding the call for safety improvements – where is the verification by the state, federal or local authorities that such specific projects are really required? 

a.       If these improvements are required what is the time table in which they must be implemented, and could these projects proceed under existing bonding authority and District savings, thereby not requiring a referendum?   By using existing bonding authority and District savings the Board would not have to cut popular sports and activities. 

6.       Should not the Board’s goal be to minimize the divisive situation in the District by proposing a referendum that overwhelming passes?  

Thank you for your time and please stay engaged.  Also please feel free to share this email with  your family, friends and neighbors.  For further information on these topics please see the following websites.  


Noel Manley

The Common Core controversy

Common Core is being implemented across the USA, including all public and most private schools in Illinois.  For voters and school board candidates who don’t already know what it is, I’m proving a few links to give you a basic understanding of what is going on… and why the controversy.

Common Core: what it is,

where it came from, who is behind it.
Video   18:21

Poet: I can’t answer questions on Texas standardized tests about my own poems


Why the Education Establishment Hates Cursive

5 Years Into Common Core, 15-Year-Olds Behind 35 Countries in Math – it’s not working!!


Addition strategies

video  4:38


Nanny helps explain Common Core subtraction

video  1:36


Common Core math [multiplication] explained

video  6:31

GLSEN and their LGBT Common Core Public School Agenda


The Hinsdale Township High School District 86  Board of Education has made some rather bizarre changes recently regarding attendance areas; via a new Board Policy 7:31. Students in our South geographic designated area must attend Hinsdale South High School. However; now Central students can now attend either Central or South. But; they have no reason to attend South because Central is recognized as one of the best high schools in the state.

In addition; the Board recently created a new buffer zone (BZ) north of Plainfield, west of Madison, and east of Route 83. The Board received one petition for one student from that area to attend Central, instead of South. Rather than rule on the single request, they created a new BZ, extending the other one; same boundaries but just south of 63rd Street. This change will artificially increase Central H.S. enrollment by about 100 students; previously only able to attend South. Because of this change, it is estimated that the value of each property in the new BZ is now worth $70-$80,000 more. The Board of Education’s actions have in the past, and presently continue to harm students, parents, and local taxpayers of our “South” designated geographic area; e.g. recently tried to place a food pantry at South H.S. School Superintendent Dr. Law opposed this new BZ. And; of interest is the fact that the Board’s own attorney advising them on the new BZ, lives in this BZ.

Currently; the Board is proposing an $79 Million Bond Referendum to be on the November ballot.  The real cost, which includes interest costs amounts to an estimated $112 Million. However; Illinois, like Wisconsin, requires only the $79 Million to be on ballot; not the total cost. The Board will approve placement of the Bond Referendum on the ballot at the 8/15/16 Board meeting.

Of the $79 Million Bond proceeds; $27.4 Million will go to build additional new classrooms at Central due increasing enrollment; a large part of which the Board is responsible for creating themselves with the new BZ. However; OOOPS! There is available space at South H.S. that can easily accommodate 400/500 more students; maybe more. The Board can address this issue by (1) simply changing the boundaries, or (2) merge both high schools to a two campus/one graduating class system; like Lyons Township High School, and the New Trier High School. Only one Board member, Claudia Manley of Darien, is representing our interests as taxpayers, residents, and parents within the designated area restricted to attendance for South. The other six Board members have an “in-your-face” rather arrogant attitude of, only thinking about common sense alternatives mentioned, but only if the $79 Million referendum fails.

At the core of what is taking place here is racial, economic, and societal discrimination which is better explained in the draft of a pending Complaint against District 86. Their referendum task force consisted of 77% members based in the Central High School area with the remaining 23% from the South High School area. Yet; the South based taxpayers will be paying for 70% of the monetary benefits going to Central, while Central based taxpayers will be paying for 30% monetary benefits going to South. They hired a consultant (George K. Baum & Co.) for $60,000 to pass the referendum, and they give the financial advisory business to them to sell the bond issue upon the referendum’s approval.

The Board will meet on August 15th to approve putting the $79 Million Bond Referendum on the November election ballot. So; time is relatively short. Folks in Burr Ridge, Darien, and Willowbrook that are aware of the situation are outraged at the Board’s conduct and action. Some concerned residents of Burr Ridge have come up with an appropriate piece of advice for the District 86 Board: “FILL SOUTH FIRST.” Attending the upcoming Board meeting, if only to state those three words may help stop them from putting the item on the ballot. The Board reacts to large numbers of angry citizens showing up, commenting, and hopefully demonstrating rejection of the $79 Million (total $112 Million) before that Board meeting with signage, even if only with handmade signs on cardboard. If you are interested in the yet to be completed Complaint, greater numbers residents signing will only help.

To answer any questions, or to provide suggestions, feel free to contact me. I’m not a local community organizer, have not done this before, but will not go down without a serious protest. Thank you.

Roger Kempa, Darien, IL