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Who was responsible for enrollment projections provided to the community?
Summary: Dr. John Kasarda was hired to analyze past and future enrollment trends in anticipation of the 2007 referendum. Kasarda’s 2006 report was not released to the community. The referendum was about building two elementary schools in additional to renovations of existing schools and technology. The administration and board stated that the enrollment projections they used were verified by Dr. Kasarda. When the 2006 report was released on March 19, 2012 and the numbers were compared, the projections used were much higher that any of those submitted by Dr. Kasarda. The unknown factor is whether the high projections led the public to conclude it was essential to build? The referendum passed by only 100 votes. The Geneva School District projections were critical points on which voters based their decision to proceed with building two new elementary schools and begin other renovations. The referendum was projected to cost about $80 million (sixty percent for the two schools and forty percent for the other items).
The article listed below recently appeared in the Kane County Chronicle as an opinion column. It attempted to answer the question: Should vendors,doing business with the school district through awarded contracts, be allowed to contribute to PAC funds whose sole purpose is to pass building referendum? While not illegal in the state of Illinois, is it ethical?
Since 1985, voters rejected tax rate increases 4 times and accepted a rate increase 3 times. In every case, the rate increase was requested a second time before it passed. During the same period, 7 bonds referendum for construction passed while 2 were defeated. In both cases the original request was defeated and then a second request, at a lower dollar amount, was asked and passed. The attachment shows dates, results, and any next steps. This attachment even includes the detailed press statement provided after the almost $80 million 2007 referendum passed by 100 votes. This recap was taken directly from the Geneva School District website and placed into a flow chart.
Attached is a copy of the D-2 semi annual report for a Political Action Committee (PAC) named Geneva Citizens For Excellent Schools. As of January 3, 2011, this fund has a balance of $10,018.29. The sole purpose of this PAC is to support the passage of school referendum for the Geneva School District. The treasurer listed on the form is a former member of the Geneva Board of Education.