With the failure of the State of Illinois to send the funding that is owed to Morrison and other School Districts in the State, the District budget has become very tight. This year, we will end with a budget deficit and next year appears to be similar. Morrison’s first priority is to maintain student programs and keep class sizes appropriate. This means that the District was forced to reduce in all other areas.
One of the areas we had to reduce is our summer cleaning help. We went from 8 full-time summer helpers to 3 half-time helpers. We also had to eliminate our painting crew.
We still want to have our facilities look good. To bridge this gap, we are having a day where different groups in the community can select a project to work on and complete needed projects. Projects are assigned in the order of the requests that are received. Individuals may also volunteer and be part of a larger group. See attached sign-up form.
If someone is not available on Saturday, August 3rd or not physically able to help, there is a list of supplies that are needed. We are also asking for lunch items to help feed the volunteers. Lunch will be at noon in the HS cafeteria. From 2:00-4:00 in the afternoon, there will be a free pool party to thank the volunteers and help everyone cool down.
If there are any questions, please contact the School District Unit Office at 815-772-2064. Your help is appreciated!
Morrison CUSD #6
6/19 Classified Correction
In last week’s Cards of Thanks, there was a misspelling of a name in the Bushman thank you. The first name was Nora and it should have been Nona. The Prairie Advocate regrets this error and any inconvenience it may have caused.
By Jim Sacia, State Representative, 89th District
The ability to communicate with others beyond just the words spoken or written is truly an art. Some do it very well, others fail miserably.
A man who has mastered the art, and whom I have always held in the highest esteem, is former Freeport Mayor Dick Weis. In many ways we see the world very differently, but I always try to listen with interest to Dick or read his comments carefully, as I value his opinion.
Recently Dick wrote an editorial, published in area papers, critical of capitalism. Among other things he stated “capitalism abuses people environmentally, culturally and politically in equal measures. It fosters extremes of wealth and poverty”. Further on he stated “we need to learn more about poverty and conquer it and, in doing so, help our neighbors
(food stamps and financial assistance) while they seek employment and get their lives back in order”.
Dick, I respect you greatly and you say it well, but frankly sir I couldn’t disagree with you more. First of all capitalism is not an abusive system. It is a system that encourages individual initiative unlike socialism which is among society’s greatest failures. I am a capitalist having built a good business with good employees and I never lose sight of the fact that the employees deserve the credit. If we make money they are compensated. It truly is a team effort. Yes, out there somewhere there are abuses, but nowhere near the number in government run systems. To use your own example Dick – Food Stamps; I, like you, agree that those in need should get their link card but this has become about the most abused government boondoggle of all times. I believe the problem is systemic – “Oh that’s all I have to do to get a link card, I think I’ll get in on that”. Whatever happened to pride and the desire to make it on your own without government help? None of this changes my respect for Dick Weis. Again we just see the world differently.
Still the basic purpose of this week’s article is the way we communicate with one another. I’m sure it was a teacher who first told me “you accomplish much more with honey than with vinegar”, in other words be polite.
Illinois’ current pension debacle has many state employees and retirees very upset and rightfully so. A large number of them are teachers. Hateful emails from teachers in the recent past are mind boggling. Perhaps it’s their labor union advising them to be caustic. I can’t help but think that they know better. Chastising me with “you better do thus and so or else” does little to change me. I will continue to be as fair as I can be and if you feel compelled to send me a scathing email have at it. I have tough skin. It does disappoint me though.