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Part 2: Former NASA astronauts and employees unite to dispute NASA's unproven comments about global warming, as they recall knowing Lake Forest's own retired astronaut, Jim Lovell

Part 2: Former NASA astronauts and employees unite to dispute NASA's unproven comments about global warming, as they recall knowing Lake Forest's own retired astronaut, … Read more ›

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Part 1: Retired NASA astronauts meet at The Heartland Institute Seventh International Conference on Global Warming, May 21 – 23

Part 1: Retired NASA astronauts meet at The Heartland Institute Seventh International Global Warming Conference, May 21 – 23. Every one born in the 50's … Read more ›

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Part 1: Karen May's (D-58) North Shore Energy Symposium wrought with misinformation and propaganda

Part 1: Misguided Energy Symposium linking Global Warming to National Security rings hollow among Heartland's ICCC7 featured guest speakers Early in May my IL Representative … Read more ›

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Part 2: Karen May (D-58) promotes message of "Operation Freedom" that links Global Warming to National Security

Part 2: Operation Freedom message. Climate change as a threat to national security, receives unconditional acceptance from the D of D, State Department, NIC and … Read more ›

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Moms of the North Suburban Symphony wish all moms a Happy Mother's Day

Join the North Suburban Symphony at Gorton Center for a Mother's Day Celebration Concert and Reception

The North Suburban Symphony, Lake Forest's community orchestra with sponsorship by the Lake Bluff Park District, will present a Mother's Day Celebration Concert on Sunday, … Read more ›

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  1. TribLocal reporter Sue Ter Maat wrote a nice article about the District #115 board meeting.

    As the individual who spearheaded transparency in Lake Forest School Districts #67 and 115 in my role as a Liberty Leader at the Illinois Policy Institute in Chicago, there was much that slipped beneath the radar of those who are not well versed in how taxpayers in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff are being gouged through spending that is out-of-control.

    My truth alarm went off several times, especially during the first portion of the board meeting when school board members and Superintendent Griffith proceeded to question the velocity of information that has been making its round via the Internet.

    By the time I was able to make my comments to board members and Dr. Griffith, concerned citizens had to sit through 20 minutes of prepared statements (spin) from the board and Griffith that carefully attempted to quell the fire that was being held within by many, who had no choice but to sit patiently waiting until their positive diatribe ended which attempted to elevate Lake Forest School District #115 almost to the status of sainthood.

    ACT test scores were brought up as a way to prove the effectiveness of Superintendent Harry Griffith over the years to improve the education of students at Lake Forest High School. Tests scores are good, some of the best in the state, but can Superintendent Griffith really take much credit for how well students score in ACT tests? Students from Lake Forest and Lake Bluff would naturally do well under any superintendent, as they basically come from families who expect their children to do well, with parents who themselves went to college.

    The deficit and financial condition of LF District 115 was explained away as a decline in state funding and property tax revenue and the five-year union contract that will expire in June. Just what will the new contract include that must be worked out by the end of June. And will the public be privy to the contract deals made between the union and teachers and administrators?

    The financial administrator of Lake Forest District #115 failed to address in his positive-sounding report, that according to the State of Illinois Board of Education, District 115 has been on their financial “early warning” status for the past three years. LFHS has accordingly joined a select group of districts (612 out of 900) that have reached this distinction. In District #115 there has been a dwindling reserve fund, with a steady decline of fund balances from 2007 ($2.0 MM) to 2010 ($1.5 MM), with a projected $1.5 MM in 2011.

    Illinois code requires school districts to maintain reserve fund balance of 20% of operating expenses; however, the current and projected fund balance below 2.5% is troubling.

    As reporter Sue Maat stated in her article, the compensation of Superintendent Griffith was seriously questioned. Harry Griffith, as superintendent as Districts #67 and #115, receives compensation from both school district totaling $344,396. A chart was displayed depicting Superintendent Griffith’s salary as being lower than three other suburban school superintendents. The catch: In comparing Dr. Griffith’s salary to the top superintendent’s salary on the chart, that of Wilmette where there are two superintendents making a combined total of $503.04l, Griffith makes more in salary than either of the two Wilmette superintendents because his salary combines the compensation receives from both LF School Districts

    Superintendent Griffiths ranks as the 2nd highest paid superintendent in the entire state of IL, and when factoring in his additional perks and compensations, Griffith makes more money in a year’s time than the Governor of IL.

    Disturbing to many at the board meeting who spoke after board members and Superintendent Griffith presented their take on what they called inaccurate information was that none of their questions would be addressed that evening. Instead, the board and the superintendent would require a few days to respond with written replies which most likely would be posted on the Internet.

    I have noted some of the more egregious attempts at spin during last night’s #115 District board meeting.

    Facts I have presented cannot be disputed, because all have been verified and checked out through my Freedom of Information requests from the Lake Forest administration.

    Check my blog for postings about Lake Forest School Districts #67 and #115:
    http://www.wordpress.com

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