|Glenn Farkas & Family: The Glenview SD 34 |
establishment told him to "Buzz Off"
Not so in Glenview Public School District 34.
The megabucks education establishment there is telling area parents: Just shut up and pay your taxes.
Were referring here to the absurd Machiavellian lengths that the Glenview District 34 school establishment went to keep one parent, Glenn Farkas, off the ballot when he put his name forward to serve on his childrens' school board there.
You see Farkas has two kids in the Glenview government schools and he wanted to get involved in their education by offering himself for the school board.
So he went about the laborious process of collecting signatures of area voters for the requisite nominating petitions and filing them at the prescribed time to qualify to be on the ballot for the April 26th election.
But the insiders of the District 34 education establishment were having none of that.
They didn't want their cozy school board gigs upset by the complications posed by an election. And just who is this upstart parent anyway?
So the incumbent SD 34 board members and their staff pulled every bit of Chicago-styled-ward-heeler chicanery they could muster to disqualify Farkas.
|SD 34 School Bd. Political Boss and |
svelte fashion plate, Martha O'Connell
This consummate political hack even challenged the authenticity of the signature of Farkas' own wife.
The Cook County Clerk told O'Connell she was blowing smoke and ruled that Farkas' petitions were OK.
So then, Boss O'Connell said Farkas should be thrown off the ballot because his 11 pages of petitions weren't fastened with a paperclip.
Farkas said his papers were fastened with a paperclip. An office clerk whose salary is paid by SD 34's said there was no paperclip - as required by election law. Farkas said there was a paperclip when he gave it to SD 34's hireling.
So the dispute went to the SD 34 "Board of Elections" which consists of incumbent School Board members from the very Caucus that Farkas wants to run against -- School Board members Julie Schechtman and Sue Ellen Bohae Galligan --- as well as one of their paid employees -- Dawn Scaramuzza, School Board secretary.
That panel had all the objectivity of a Stalin-era Soviet Star Chamber.
|Bd. Member Julie Schectman voted to |
keep Farkas from running against her
own party's incumbent board members
And SURPRISE! SURPRISE! SURPRISE! -- The SD 34 kangaroo court declared Farkas’ candidacy was invalid -- because his petitions had no paperclip.
So now, concerned parent, Glenn Farkas, faces the far more daunting prospect of running as a write-in candidate. But to his great credit, he's going to take up the challenge and is now organizing for the April 26th election.
And make no mistake about it, that Glenview School District 34 is badly in need of new blood.
The District has 2 middle schools, Attea and Springarn and 6 others for the lower grades, Glen Grove. Henking, Hoffman, Lyon, Pleasant Ridge and Westbrook.
And the district is on the verge of going broke.
The current school board and its political "caucus" are in the thrall of the powerful teachers unions who are fighting any kind of meaningful spending cuts, tooth and nail.
And why wouldn't they? After all, they're in fat city at the taxpayers expense.
Here are some highlights of the SD 34 salaries which have resulted from the school board's cave-in to the teachers' union:
-- $88k for a grammar school art teacher (no starving artists here)
-- $90k and $96k for social workers at Lyon's Elementary and Westbrook
-- $91k and $97k for kindergarten teachers
-- a cool $100k to teach French to 7th graders
-- gym teachers pulling down $104k and $102k (but the one at Pleasant Ridge has a PhD. -- just how does one go about getting a PhD in kickball?)
-- $78k for a grammar school drama teacher (Did they manage to snare Stanislavsky?)
-- $101k and $80k to teach ESL to grammar school students
-- a $92k grammar school librarian
And of course, there is the usual array of six figure salaries for the administrators, tops being the superintendent's $298k.
Here from the Family Taxpayers' Foundation, which filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, are the names and latest available salaries of all employees of Glenview School District 34. You can get particulars, such as specialty and years of employment by clicking on the individual's name: