Incumbents have earned re-election

Updated 3/22/2019 5:01 PM

With an upcoming election, I am writing to encourage the District 41 community to re-elect Stephanie Clark and Kurt Buchholz. Their leadership of our Glen Ellyn schools is valued as outlined here:

Facilities: Removal of portable classrooms at elementary schools was initiated by a prior board. That left portable classrooms at the middle school, capital improvement projects (roofs, secured entrances, etc.) and a new Early Learning Center requested by the administration, all unfunded. These projects could only move forward with funding by a referendum. Clark & Buchholz recognized that the last referendum to build a 5th-6th school for $40 million was rejected by voters. They proposed that the 2017 referendum be developed for less money. By taking a step back and looking at the communities' voting record in 2007 and looking forward to future needs, the board made a smart decision. Voters supported the referendum at the ballot box and the portable classroom removals at the middle school and other improvements are under way.


Property Taxes: The board, led by Clark and Buchholz, has held the line on taxes. Each fall, the board evaluates its financial needs and votes on a tax levy. For year 2018, the board asked for $0 additional funding and for year 2019, the board requested 0.25 percent from the community. What was their reasoning? The district had accumulated approximately $9.5 million of savings over the past two years.

Clark and Buchholz campaigned four years ago on being fiscally responsible. Holding the line on taxes and finding a winning strategy for the 2017 referendum are major achievements. We, as the District 41 community, are being well served. Let's continue that momentum. Vote for Clark and Buchholz in the next consolidated election on Tuesday, April 2.

Marty Boyd

Glen Ellyn

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