Parents concerned about effects of cuts

By on December 18, 2009

by Susan O’Neill
Kaneland—A group of about 20 concerned parents met on Dec. 7 to discuss the pending budget cuts for the Kaneland School District.

Although Patrick J. Crimmins, father of two students at Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School and one student at the Kaneland Harter Middle School, is a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee and the Finance Advisory Committee, he said he wanted to start an advocacy group that was more independent than those groups.

“We don’t want to argue about the reductions after they have been made,” Crimmins said. “We would like to have information further ahead of time—as early as possible.”

Crimmins said the district has been working on cost reductions since August, and the public will not have access to any information about the cuts until Jan. 11 and Jan. 25. The meeting set for public input is on Feb. 8, which Crimmins said does not give them a lot of time to process the information before providing feedback.

Crimmins said the cuts made now will impact the district for the next 10 years.

“We have a lot of interest in the outcome,” he said.

Kaneland School Board President Lisa Wiet attended the group’s meeting on Dec. 7. She said she was able to clear up a few misunderstandings.

“We understand that parents are concerned,” Wiet said. “We are interested in communicating to parents in any forum that we can.”