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Monday, April 18, 2016

(BOE Race) Wilma's misplaced priorities

Replacement windows at the old high school building.
Installation has been going on for weeks.
For the second year in a row, Plainfield's English language learner (ELL) students are without textbooks. The scandal of students not having textbooks -- THE most fundamental resource -- is due to Wilma Campbell's misplaced priorities.

Not only that, ELL students make up more than half the district's student population. Is the District facing a civil rights issue here?

Take the photo at the top of this post as just one example of Wilma's misplaced priorities.

It shows windows being replaced in the old high school building. You may have noticed a dozen or so cream-colored shipping containers stacked in the school's parking lots along Arlington and Kenyon for weeks now.

They contain windows for the replacement project.

(You might want to ask if the shipping containers mean the windows were manufactured overseas. Would they be putting Americans out of work as well?)

So, while tens of thousands of dollars can be spent on windows, students go without textbooks?

At both the LWV and PEA forums, Wilma touted work on the District's buildings as a "high priority". So, here's a question for Wilma: If your team is putting "children first", how come windows are a higher priority?

The school board elections are tomorrow, April 19, from 2:00 - 9:00 PM. It is your opportunity to vote for putting sensible priorities in place: Textbooks, graduation rates, educational equity.

I urge you to support --
  • Lynn Anderson (H)
  • Dorien Hurtt (F)
  • Carmencita Pile (D)
THEY are truly focused on what counts -- our children.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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