District 428 & the Grassroots: Yeah, Right: Part 1

So last month I e-mailed the members of the District 428 school board a link to the great precast discussion (vs. bricks-and-mortar construction on the new high school and Cortland elementary school) we were having here at CityBarbs, in view of the debate we were so sure would occur soon at a Facilities Planning Committee (FPC) meeting. Two responses arrived. The first one was dismissive of precast because the architect didn’t like it. I posted a few words about my dismay in the face of what seemed like a “done deal” but a bit later pulled it (putting this in its place) in case the person in question wasn’t speaking for the group. Then I was glad I did, because a second school board member assured me that the precast discussion was on the agenda for the meeting on the 30th (the one on the 23rd being canceled).

Boy, am I a sucker.

DeKalb Community Unit School District 428

Facilities Planning Committee (FPC)

Administration Center

901 S Fourth St

DeKalb, IL 60115

Wednesday, April 30, 2008
6:30 p.m.


1. Minutes approval

2. Status on the hiring of the construction liaison

3. Update on Elementary and High School site and building

4. Discuss options for the short and long term uses of Cortland Elementary School

5. Review Phase II

6. Good of the order

What’s going to happen is yet another committee to talk about the building materials and it appears to me they are taking steps to keep pro-precast people off of it via the application process.

They can “Review Phase II” all they want but it will be for naught if nobody votes the money for it. Kind of depends on how well they take care of our funds in Phase I and, frankly, the direction this is heading does not look good.