Schools' infrastructure is crumbling

What would you do if the roof of your house were leaking? Or if the floors of your house hadn't been repaired or updated in decades? What if the pavement of your driveway were cracking and had started to get potholes? You would make those necessary improvements to your home to protect your family and your property value. So why aren't we doing the same for our schools?

Our schools in Lake Villa District 41 need serious repairs because our infrastructure is crumbling. The flooring throughout my kids' school has not been replaced in generations. Tiles have been fixed one-by-one so our flooring looks pieced together like a mismatched jigsaw puzzle. The roofs on our schools have holes in them allowing water to seep through the cracks and rain down on our classrooms.

Instead of replacing bricks when they break, holes have been caulked, allowing another avenue for rain water to get into the building. The pavement where busses drive and parents go to pick up their kids is falling apart. The list goes on and on.

Our infrastructure has received the Band-Aid treatment for far too long. Are these the type of school buildings we want our children learning in? Are these the type of school buildings we want in our community? The easy answer is no. We have a beautiful community, but our schools have not received the attention they so desperately need.

This election, we have a real opportunity to fix our schools but that can only happen if we vote yes on both referendums. Put the politics aside and do the right thing for our children and our schools. Kids deserve it.

Amber Cornelius


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