By: Diane Benjamin
Proving yet again local government has no respect for religion, the Unit 5 School Board held a meeting on a Wednesday night during lent. Churches don’t do Lenten services anymore? Mine does.
The video claims this meeting lasted until 2:43 this morning.
75 people signed up for Public Comment. Not everyone stuck around to speak however.
Many people and kids spoke about cutting band for 5th graders and foreign languages. These proposed cuts are about infuriating people to get a tax increase. They aren’t about adjusting staff to fit needs.
I certainly didn’t listen to every comment! If anyone mentioned decreasing enrollment I didn’t hear it. See this story: https://blnnews.com/2022/03/04/unit-5-enrollment-is-decreasing/
At 1:18 AM the meeting reconvened after a break. This meeting should have been suspended and continued today, the Open Meetings Act allows it. It is beyond ridiculous and unnecessary to conduct business in the middle of the night. Suspending a meeting does not mean another 48 hour posting requirement. They could have continued the meeting today.
Scan the comments, but don’t miss these:
3:36:35 – Stan Nord. When Normal’s Uptown TIF expires in just a few years Unit 5 will be getting a lot more money.
3:49:18 – Patrick Manieri. Unit 5 can use Esser Funds instead of diverting them to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion nonsense. At 5:29 Dr. Weikle appears to dispute Patrick’s claims.
5th grade band was not cut. Foreign language for 8th graders was. 36 teacher and staff position were cut along with 2 administrators.
See the video here: