Letter: D86 Board Needs 'New Energy, New Ideas'
Robert O'Hare of Hinsdale wrote to Patch in support of the Friends for District 86 slate of candidates.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted by Robert O'Hare of Hinsdale:
I reviewed the candidate profiles for the Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education published recently on Patch, and was surprised by the poor credentials of the incumbents.
I have had significant experience with Mr. Dennis Brennan and the board, and like many District 86 residents, I am frustrated by his tactics. He has continually used bonds to fund his projects without substantive explanation. His refusal to be transparent on the $15 million air conditioning project and $4 million artificial turf project are just two examples. Mr. Brennan continually uses loopholes to push bonds and no-bid contracts without any accountability to residents of District 86. I have asked him on several occasions to explain why the recent projects could not give the residents the opportunity to decide on such large projects. His response was typical double-talk, and our taxes keep climbing due to his lack of accountability.
I've attended District 86 board meetings. Ms. DeeDee Gorgol lacks participation in meetings other than her vote and Ms. Kay Gallo agrees with what Mr. Brennan wants, with little financial oversight.
As "reasons for running," all three nebulously say they offer continuity. We don’t need continuity; we need accountability and effectiveness, which this board lacks. Our schools are good, and our parents, teachers and students are great. Our schools, parents, teachers and students deserve a much better and accountable board. It is time for new energy, new ideas and better experience; please join me in voting for Claudia Manley, Victor Casini and Edward Corcoran.