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Re: “D49-related survey raises an eyebrow

This is an interesting idea and a great way to push the blame to someone else however. I am left to ask if they have nothing to do with it. were does the money go and who repays the bond. Unless I am mistaken it goes to the schools and is repaid by tax payers money.

When looking into this myself I found that not only did the bond company choose the questions but, the board and staff at 49 approved them. This was admitted by Dr Bradley Schoeppey the superintendent of district 49.

If this is a marketing metrics why is nationality not asked. That would also be helpful in marketing as well , Instead just how often someone goes to church services was asked.

If this is in fact a marketing metrics then the only use would be to decide if they should put marketing money into the local churches or not.
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"Apparently, there is an explanation. D49 Board of Education member Tammy Harold explains that the survey is not being paid for or conducted by the district."

This is simply not true. The payment is differed until/if the bond passes. At that point the bonding company will need to be paid back either directly or indirectly. The only place this money can come from is the bond which is sold and repaid by tax payers money. So she is in fact correct as long as the bond does not pass. We can not be expected to believe that the bond company does not want to be repaied.

"It's not taxpayers' money being used," she says, "and that's the biggest point I want to get out there."
Who is going to pay back this money. Is it ok for the board to approve religious marketing questions? Why would this even need to be asked. Does District 49 allow contractors it hires do as they see fit with no oversight? Who is going to oversee the marketing money for this bond? If money is sent to churches because this metrics says that is the best point to market is that ok?

"Apparently, the company Stifel Nicolaus is doing the survey because it's interested in issuing a bond for D49. "
The question here is who chose them to issue the bond? Who gave them the right to issue the bond for the school district IE the tax payers. I would believe this to be the D49 board and or staff and according to the superintendent of schools these questions were reviewed by both himself and the board.

All in all this would appear to be if not an illegal question one that is in really bad taste. The school board and staff should have had better sense then to ask this sort of question especially when asking taxpayers for their money.

Get real 49. You are badly managed and poorly run in my opinion. Charter schools get by with less money and offer smaller class sizes, outstanding teaching staff and great facilities while you are unable to give each child a locker and put them in trailers. The question we should be looking at is why can the charters offer "it all" while you are left drowning.

I think like many people 49 is of the belief that they can do as they see fit. Answer to no one and the tax payers are supposed to bail them out. Well I am not sure about everyone else I am getting tired of bailing institutions out when they are badly managed, treat us like we do not understand what is going on and just expect a hand out.

Do you want a government institution to walk a legal tightrope and not be able to handle its money as well as the smaller charters. I suggest we begin to call these people to task. Remind them who they work for and perhaps without throwing more money at them we can get what we need out of them.

Posted by interested on 03/17/2010 at 12:59 PM

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