Cindy moved to Brookfield in 1994 with her husband and three children in tow. It's been a very interesting seventeen years.
Listen, the Elmbrook School board isn't winning any friends by bringing this up again. Superintendent Matt Gibson, in all his glory, just likes to make everyone happy. (Think Kumbaya.) The issue comes up and is defeated to prove that dog gone it, he is a nice guy and people like him.
Or something like that.
So tonight, yet again, Elmbrook finds the 4K issue on the agenda. I'm not worried right now. Let me explain.
While Gibson very much wants it to come forward so that he can say he tried, (no doubt he loves the idea but he's out of here, so whatever) Wartman knows she won't dare. And Allgaier, I have decided, is very diplomatic but truly doesn't believe in 4K. Plus, he knows the numbers don't makes sense since 4K will actually cost taxpayers more to implement the program.
I am somewhat confident there are two other board members who feel they either 1) don't want to risk voting yes or 2) respect Allgaier's leadership enough that they won't say yes. Plus, the timing is all wrong to actually pass the matter. Vote the wrong way on that decision which is rumoured to be scheduled before the election and you'll find yourself replaced. I remain confident that a majority of good voters (it will be the Republican primary. folks) who don't want to pay more in taxes would choose the candidate who doesn't expect them to pay more. (There's a really good chance I just explained that very poorly, but think it through and it should work. And "good voters" is a term to define those who vote regularly, not those who vote the way I like.)
Wait. I haven't mentioned President Tom Gehl yet, have I? Well I just did. And while I'm using his name, may I suggest he'd make a lovely second fiddle to Allgaier when the new leadership is determined post-election.
While I am not worried, I am toying with the idea that someday before I leave the Elmbrook School District 4K might not be such a bad idea. Lose all the outside enrollment and close Tonawanda and we could consider it. There's more than one way to find a million dollars, you know.
What I would love is for the district to make their plans public if they have them. If they don't have them, then for goodness sake, try to think beyond the next year. This is becoming ridiculous. Chart a course and prove yourselves with all of us aware of your goals. Remember, above all, that Elmbrook voters know how much a quality school district helps them maintain strong property values, but that more spending isn't always the better answer.