I have been a citizen of Brookfield for 24 years and a member of the Brookfield Common Council for eight years, including two years as president. Many blogs in the past have contained false and distorting info about public affairs. I will provide truthful information and maintain an influence on city policy.
I just returned late last evening from a warm 10 day vacation in sunny Arizona. This morning my blood ran cold when I read that the Elmbrook School Board has a contract all ready for approval for the 2011-12 school year. As a candidate for the Elmbrook School Board in the April election, it gave me a real jolt.. Given the turmoil in Madison and the looming deficit of about $8 million next year, no one has the slightest idea where the dollars will fall. Ironically the Board has appointed a citizens committee to study moving central administration out of the Hope Ave. building. The building is mold -infested, sits partially on a flood plain which makes it virtually worthless, is an energy hog and looks like it will be around for another winter. It should be sold as soon as possible. It seems the Board can decide on a teachers contract without thinking, yet spend years trying to decide what to do with a dilapidated building. Sell it and rent office space! Sources tell me rental space would be the cheapest option. The Elmbrook School Board should, under no circumstances approve the teachers contracts. The new board will have to deal with this when sstate aid has been determined, which may be many months from now. Resist the pressure from the teacher union. Many of our past contracts have been approved a year or more after the contract year commences.