McLaughlin: Haven't taken public stance on District 220 referendum
This is in response to the letter to the editor you published recently from retired public school teacher and former Barrington Hills village trustee Karen Selman.
I would like to correct the record. Ms. Selman's inclusion of me and my family members in a letter to the editor is inappropriate, wrong and uninformed.
First, I have five incredible daughters, not two. The first four have attended TCU, Villanova, USC and yes, Northwestern due to their determination and hard work. My wife deserves all the credit, for her dedication working with our children on rigorous nightly homework routines over many years.
Interestingly, each of my children and many others in our great schools were able to succeed during a period without this proposed referendum.
I have not publicly stated a position in opposition or in favor of the District 220 referendum.
I was, however, part of the District 220 Referendum Advisory Committee, which -- after more than 500 hours of volunteer community input -- gave direction to the school board for the lowest amount presented, $158 million, which was quickly amended to $185 million by the school board.
I have publicly endorsed Deb Buettner, Brian Cecola and Brian Croll for Barrington Hills Village Trustee in the upcoming election. Your publication also has endorsed these three qualified volunteers. Thank you in advance for accepting my corrections.
Martin J. McLaughlin
Barrington Hills village president