On Religion, The Media and Life as a 20-something in Chicago

“None of this was supposed to happen today,” Community Unit School District 300 Superintendent Michael Bregy said. There was no way, no indication at all, that the Illinois General Assembly would reconvene Monday in Springfield when the Carpentersville-area school district planned its recognition ceremony for that day. “But we learned we needed to expect the unexpected in Springfield,” Bregy said Monday. The superintendent addressed about 300 district residents at a ceremony Monday evening — part of the regular District 300 Board of Education meeting in the gym at Westfield Community School — by teleconference. Bregy was in Springfield. The Illinois House had voted that afternoon to pass legislation to extend the controversial economic development area around Sears Holdings Corp. That sent Bregy, along with several school board members and district administrators, to Springfield the same night they had planned to recognize the community for its involvement in the legislative process. But, he said, they had to “see this issue through to the end.” “If I could, I would put my arms around the entire school district and give you a huge hug — all of you,” he said. “Thank you very much.” The school board recognized staff, students, parents, individual district residents, village leaders within the district, legislators, vendors, unions, Elgin Community College and more at its recognition ceremony. That’s because those people had made phone calls, sent emails, signed petitions and passed resolutions in support of District 300, which opposed several bills to extend the EDA since they first were introduced this spring. They did so because those incentives would have sent about $14 million in property taxes each year to the EDA instead of to District 300, the district has said. About 1,000 people traveled to Springfield to protest at the Illinois State Capitol when the General Assembly took up those bills in its veto session, which started in October. “There’s no way we can possibly name every person who assisted in this campaign,” Associate Superintendent Sarah Kedroski said. “People everywhere, both seen and unseen, helped in some way — whether it was a phone call, email or a trip to Springfield. Everything mattered.” For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News. Photo: Emily McFarlan.

In Uncategorized on December 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm

D300 reacts to House vote, recognizes community support (Sun-Times Media)

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