The tax-conscious should vote for Spivy for D200

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I am voting to re-elect Sara Spivy for District 200 School Board because she works hard to keep OPRF High School as one of the best schools without raising my taxes. She voted to abate taxes twice, to approve renovations for students with disabilities, for the development of new special education spaces and for upgrades to classrooms. The board also recently approved a budget-neutral director of equity position so they will not need to raise property taxes.

Sara was a founding member of an equity committee for our three school districts in Oak Park and River Forest that recommends equity initiatives across the K-12 educational system. She also pushed for restorative justice training at all levels, including the board, and for a progressive gender equity policy to protect transgender students. 

While some actions have little impact on budgets/costs, many actions mentioned earlier can become very costly without continued financial oversight. Sara gets my vote because she, too, as an Oak Park resident, does not want property taxes to strain family budgets. Having excellent schools at reasonable costs is my concern as a voter and Sara Spivy gets my vote.

Ronald Koch

Oak Park

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Marty Bernstein  

Posted: March 14th, 2019 4:04 PM

I am not voting for Ms. Spivy for the following reasons: She supports expensive projects that do not provide the most benefits to the most students, i. e. the 65 million dollar project to build a 37 meter swimming pool at the southeast side of the high school. Regardless of D200's attempt to achieve private funding for this, unless private funding is found for the entire cost of the pool and continuing maintenance costs, it is an unnecessary and unreasonable use of taxpayer dollars. She promotes equity issues including restorative justice training for all levels of D200 personnel including board members. At a restorative justice training session I attended last December, Ms. Spivy was the only attendee to refuse to participate in the training exercise. I find this to be a "do as I say, not as I do" behavior which is anathema to the idea of restorative justice. Marty Bernstein

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