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Public Meeting Tonight for District 113 Improvement Plan

The first of three public forums for residents to weigh in on proposed improvements at Deerfield and Highland Park high schools will be held tonight.

The first of three community engagement meetings for District 113 residents to give input on the Long Range Facility Plan for Deerfield and Highland Park high schools will be held this evening at . 

 according to Natalie Kaplan, director of communications for District 113, in an email communication dated Aug. 16.


Since then, , and Gilbane, a construction management firm, as well as , Kaplan said. 

Perkins+Will will present differing information at the meeting tonight and two subsequent meetings; residents are encouraged to attend all of them to express viewpoints and get a full picture of the plan.  

Following tonight's meeting at 7 p.m. at Deerfield High School, the next two public meetings, Oct. 2 and Nov. 27, are both scheduled for 7 p.m. at . 

Carl Lambrecht September 04, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Look at District 113 report card. It is terrible. For 5 years running. Yet this year they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on Parking lots used only a few times a year. With an empty parking lot across the street in the Recreation center. Let’s focus on education.
Carl Lambrecht September 04, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Below is District 113 report card. Read page 11. If you have questions telephone Carl Lambrecht 847 432 8255 or email lambrecht@laurelindustries.com in Subject line state District 113 education. http://webprod.isbe.net/ereportcard/publicsite/getReport.aspx?year=2011&code=340491130_e.pdf
Evan Kane September 04, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Besides your statement that "District 113 report card is terrible" not being supported by the data, there is no evidence to support your claim that spending money on infrastructure means less focus on education. -Logic Cop
Carl Lambrecht September 04, 2012 at 02:25 PM
http://webprod.isbe.net/ereportcard/publicsite/getReport.aspx?year=2011&code=500820300_e.pdf Above is a distict with better performance and cost. District 113 cost nearly $30,000 per year per student. Read page 11. If you have any question call Carl Lambrecht 847 432 8255 or email lambrecht@laurelindustries.com In subject line state District 113
Evan Kane September 04, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Not really sure what the comparison is supposed to be between the two districts? One has 1.7% of it's students with limited English proficiency the other 0%, One has 15.9% of it's students eligible to receive special eduction servers the other 4.9%, one has an enrolment of 3,744 students the other 102, one is a high school district the other grade school, one has an average class size of 16.9 the other 9. How is one supposed to compensate for these differences when making a comparison? -Logic Cop
Walter (Tripp) Hainsfurther September 04, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Carl: With all due respect, you have focused on a school district that is K-8 and has 102 students, in a rural part of the state where they have a very low cost of living. This is far from a valid statisical comparison.
Evan Kane September 04, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Walter White September 04, 2012 at 05:34 PM
What, no fax number?
Bringin' Down Briarwood September 04, 2012 at 07:26 PM
These guys will do anything to make the district look bad and not have to pay ANY additional taxes. That's what it comes down to. The plan hasn't even been presented!!! Pitiful.
Benjamin Bronk September 04, 2012 at 07:42 PM
i like logic cop.
Jim Coretti September 04, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Everyone please tell about and or bring friends, neighbors and anyone concerned with how our high school and community grows to this and the other two planned community meetings. The community not engaging does not mean that proper analysis and planning has not been done nor that information was withheld, it only means you did not take advantage of the fully open process. Please make plans to be there.
Carl Lambrecht September 04, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I am not comparing the cost. I comparing the quality of education. Look at page 11 for both school districts. Yes, cost of living is less. I would guess that the cost of eggs, bread and fuel are not three times less than the cost in District 113. Carl Lambrecht 847 432 8255, email lambrecht@laurelindustries.com, In subject line place district 113
Carl Lambrecht September 04, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Sorry! I do not use fax any more.
Bringin' Down Briarwood September 04, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I understand what you're saying, Jim. For those who CHOSE not to be involved in this completely open process, I have ZERO sympathy if you whine at this point. (Same for those who took part (wink, wink) but were "disgusted" because a large group would not absolutely follow (ie, they didn't have the skills to build their concensus for) their stomp-my-feet-and-hold-my breath position.) But I digress. I think the one thing that should be clarified about your message is that a large number of the community did participate. What was the number? Something like 200+ different people on all the committees?
Carl Lambrecht September 04, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Evan my two Mexican sisters grew up in Mexico. My father took them to Cape town South Africa. The languages of the country are English and Africans. The school’s language was German. In three months they learned to communicate in all three languages. Mexicans can learn just like you. Diversity is not bad. They now can communicate in five languages. I only in 2 and 1/2 languages. Evan how many do you speak? The corrupt Illinois School Code prevent Mexicans from learning English in school like other foreigners.
Bringin' Down Briarwood September 04, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Although I must say, I'm looking forward to what rabbit will be pulled out of the E1st hat tonight. You know the six or seven of them have been planning for this all summer. Let's hope their plan actually has some solid stats and facts behind it this time, rather than the unsubstantiated garbage they pulled out last time.
Walter White September 04, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Maybe the RNA will show up with their 13 emails in support of E1.
Carl Lambrecht September 04, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Your correct. Look on page 11 and see. One school passes easily. Our school district fails for 5 years. Yet our district really does nothing to improve. Building parking lots which are not needed is bad judgment and a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Evan Kane September 04, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Carl, your logical fallacy is: http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/tu-quoque ("Evan how many do you speak?"), http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/begging-the-question ("The corrupt Illinois School Code prevent Mexicans from learning English ") and http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/anecdotal ("my two Mexican sisters grew up in Mexico...")
David Greenberg September 04, 2012 at 08:59 PM
BDB: You realize that Mr. Lambrecht has attended more Board meetings than just about anyone in this Community? As far as someone who's involved - he is. The point he makes is that spending more money does not equate to a better education. Other Districts that spend less have better results. We can argue about demographics all day long - but the fact is that the Community has been looking for a better plan. A long-range plan that focuses on needs instead of wants. One which will improve the educational quality of the Students. I've gladly participated in the meetings to help guide a new plan, and look forward to the beginning of the presentations this evening. Mr. Lambrecht has also chimed in as a member of the Public. Have you? Perhaps we'll never know since you choose to use a pseudonym, but I'd like to hope that you have and will continue to do so.
Bringin' Down Briarwood September 04, 2012 at 10:23 PM
David, please don't start me on a worse note than the usual blah-blah-blah propaganda has already put me. NOWHERE did I even come in the ballpark of saying that Carl has not attended any meetings. So let's try to at least get those facts straight. I won't even address the cheap attempt to discredit with the - yawwwwwwwwn - pseduonym comment. Try and stay on the topic at hand.
Sue Richman October 04, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Given the disconnect between what the School Board last year was trying to jam down on the community and the lopsided vote on the referendum- the Board should have resigned and allowed a new group to represent the interests of the District- what they are attempting now is a rerun- what will it take to convince these freespenders that the community wants to provide a quality education without bankrupting ourselves
Walter (Tripp) Hainsfurther October 04, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Sue: There was an election last year and several of the incumbents were re-elected. I believe that it could be said the community believed that the school board was generally representative of them, but did not like the referendum. Why that was case is a matter of discussion. BTW, there is another election in April where the community may or may not make a change.
David Greenberg October 04, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Actually, I haven't seen any evidence of a rerun. What I have seen, and participated in, has been a process where everything is being analyzed in detail - unlike the previous referendum (i.e. what we're doing now is what we ought to have done prior to the previous referendum). The schools do have lots of needs - but there's many options to be reviewed for meeting those needs. In some cases we may be able to repurpose or refurbish something we have already to meet the need (saves money, still accomplishes the educational purposes), and in others it's going to be more cost effective from an investment standpoint to simply build new. How we get there will be the big question, and that's why a Master Plan is being developed. So we can focus on the most pressing needs first, but know where we're going next and plan accordingly. We won't know where the money needs to come from until we have cost estimates - it could be a referendum (of currently unknown amount), using existing budgetary dollars, or some combination thereof. Right now there's a lot of options that have been generated and which are being looked at - which is precisely what we asked the architects and cost managers to do. Next month we ought to have some numbers to chew on...


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