The District 97 Board of Education will decide this month how much money it plans to ask from voters for its operating referendum in next April’s election (Click here to read Wednesday Journal’s coverage). Regular readers of my column know that despite the fact that I served without distinction on the District 97 Board from 1987-1991, our Board was the last to pass referendum for the District.

So as this Board sails into some pretty strong anti-tax headwinds may I suggest a “two referendum strategy” whereby the Board accepts as a given the first referendum fails, but the second one passes because of a fear that the schools will seriously deteriorate without some more dough. It’s a proven strategy that has worked before. Consistent with that stategy this Board should ask for a bigger increase in the first referendum, but scale it back in the second referendum that acknowledges The Board ” has heard the voters.” Crafty, eh?

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John Hubbuch

John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday...

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