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A very big shout-out to Dan Haley [Kill the pool: OPRF's path forward, News, Nov. 14] and Wednesday Journal for suggesting a sane, reasonable, more financially practical, and educationally-centered response on the District 200 Imagine facilities plan. It is a set of considerations that Imagine skeptics of all stripes across Oak Park and River Forest should take seriously. It is a thoughtful stand that reflects the ongoing criticism, insights and alternative solutions that have united in spirit people from the Practical Pool Solutions to members of the Committee for Equity and Excellence in Education. I hope the D200 Board of Education is listening. And, of course, our children's athletic program will continue to thrive without a massive new pool!

John Duffy

Chairperson, Committee for Equity and Excellence in Education

Oak Park

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Bruce Kline  

Posted: December 5th, 2018 10:41 PM

Waldhorn, why should they do as you suggest when it appears they can just rip off the taxpayers to fund their vanity project?

Waldhorn Fafner  

Posted: December 5th, 2018 9:55 PM

I would propose that the group of people that desire the fantastic, beautiful Pool facility need to form a group/club etc. just as we have travel baseball teams. They need to build the facility that serves their needs. With the demand for such a facility they could then rent out the facility when they would not be using it.

Monica Sheehan  

Posted: December 5th, 2018 4:40 PM

John, I thank you for your considerable time and efforts serving as the chairperson for the Committee for Equity and Excellence in Education and also appreciate your letter and share your sentiments. I applaud Dan Haley and his rational suggestion for the D200 School Board regarding its newly accepted master facility plan. Repetition is key. For the second time in three weeks, link copied below, Haley reiterated his commonsense-suggested approach to the plan, that was created without any parameters, financial or otherwise, in an editorial published in this week's Wednesday Journal. Imagine created a $218 million facility plan that includes few actual "needs" and many "wants" or "opportunities".

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