STOP THE TURF

 

 

Next D200 School Board Meeting

 

When: Wednesday, July 8th, 7:00 PM

Where: Clay Academy, 112 Grove Street

 

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An effort by residents to prevent the replacement of Woodstock High School's natural turf playing field with an artificial one.

An organization called WHS Home Turf Campaign or WHS Renaissance has sought pledges to replace the playing field at Woodstock High School (South street campus) with an artificial one. WHS Athletic Director Glen Wilson does deserve a great deal of credit for leading the charge to collect pledges to subsidize the first phase and those that have pledged should be applauded as well.  Pledges in the amount of $800,000 or more have been collected thus far, mostly from a handful of donors.

 

We encourage you to visit their site (linked above) to fully understand their position, in their own words.

The Situation

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The issues as we see them, in summary.

  1. Safety: Crumb Rubber and the players on the field - The crumb rubber material is made from recycled tire rubber and may contain any number of compounds that could be harmful to the health of the children that play on the field. Players will come into contact with the rubber, inhale the gasses coming off of it and potentially even ingest it. Injuries sustained on the field might carry the crumb rubber into the cut or abrasion. Los Angeles and New York city have ceased installation of any turf fields due to concerns over their safety.
  2. Safety: Crumb Rubber and ground water - As the material breaks down and enters the ground water, risks may extend to the greater area. The field will contain approximately 100 tons of recycled tire crumb rubber.
  3. Safety: Design - The width of the field may meet minimum standards, but many feel that it leaves too little room on the sidelines for players to slow down and transition off the playing area safely.
  4. Safety: Burns - On a sunny day, temperatures on the surface of crumb rubber fields have been recorded as high as 170 degrees. Students that suffer injuries on the field will have to lie on the hot field until medical arrives to move them off. Ambulances will no longer be permitted to drive on the field.
  5. Cost: Phase 1 project - (Roughly $950,000) While the organization has found a number of donors pledging hundreds of thousands of dollars, there is a difference between pledges and dollars in the bank. We believe that it would be unwise to move forward with approval of the project without having the pledged money in-hand.
  6. Cost: Phase 2 project - (Cost not known specifically, but likely as much or more than phase 1) There has been no discussion as to how to pay for phase 2.
  7. Cost: Ongoing - The field will have a useable lifespan of about 10 years and will have a replacement cost of about $500,000. Think of this as adding $50,000 per year to the cost of the field over and above routine maintenance.
  8. Cost: Overall - With the state our state is in terms of debt and the fact that McHenry County is in the top 1% most expensive counties in the country in terms of owner occupied property tax, should we really take on more financial obligations?
  9. Access: Only students involved in the activities supported by the field will benefit. Even if you assume that all initial costs would be borne by donors, that still leaves approximately $50,000 per year that the school must provide to prepare to replace the field. An expense of that magnitude could mean cutting academics, arts, routine building maintenance or other programs in oder to make budget. This could cause a negative impact to all students for the benefit of a few.

Solutions

Given the known and unknown hazards of crumb ruber and the known expense of the turf field, we suggest that the plan be shelved and that the organization consider approaching the donors for permission to use the funds for academic benefit.

Supporting resources

Take Action

Attend the Next Meeting

 

When: Wednesday, July 8th, 7:00 PM

Where: Clay Academy, 112 Grove Street

 

Be prepared to speak, even if all you say is that you oppose the field rennovations being proposed.

 

 

Contact the Board

Board of Education

Woodstock Community Unit School District 200

227 West Judd Street

Woodstock, IL 60098

 

By Phone

(815) 338-8200

 

By Fax

(815) 338-2005

 

By Email

 BOE@wcusd200.org

 

 

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By filling out this form and checking the box below labeled "consider this my signature" I respectfully object to the WHS turf project and further object to the City of Woodstock's contribution of any monies towards its funding.

 

 

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Resident Files Complaint Against Woodstock School District 200 Fund Transfer

Joe Tirio - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Woodstock Resident files a complaint against D200 for improper notice and questions basis of interfund transfer.

 

Read the complete story at the Woodstock Independent:

http://www.thewoodstockindependent.com/June-2016/Resident-Files-Complaint-Against-Woodstock-School-District-200-Fund-Transfer/

D200 Revisits Superintendent Contract and Pay Increase

Joe Tirio - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

On May 10th, Woodstock's D200 School Board passed a resolution to provide Superintendent Moan a 7% increase and to extend his contract (which had about a year left in it). It is my belief that the agenda was inadequate and I have filed a Request for Review with the Attorney General's office for this and the stated public comment requirement on the agenda "There will be a sign-up sheet for the public to identify their name, address, phone number, name of the organization you represent (if any) and a brief description of the topic to be addressed" which is in violation of an existing Attorney General's binding opinion . This last item (requiring address etc. in order to speak) has been brought to the board's attention previously.

 

The agenda for tonight's meeting includes a revisit to Mr Moan's contract.

 

When I saw this, I launched a poll asking the respondents the following...

 

  • - Should Mike Moan receive a 7% raise? (Yes or No)
  • - What kind of pay adjustment should he receive? ( 5% increase,  3% increase,  Zero increase,  3% DECREASE,  5% DECREASE,  Other)
  • - Your zip code (free text)
  • - Add your comments here (free text)

 

 

 

 

The vast majority of the respondents say that he should either receive no increase or receive a decrease. The most compelling part is the comment section.

 

I sent an email to all the board members and provided them with summary and raw data and have attached the same below.

 

We are asking residents and members of the public to attend the School board meeting and voice your opinions on the matters at hand.

 

When:

Tuesday, June 21, 7:00 PM

Where:

Clay Academy

 

112 Grove St, Woodstock, IL 60098

 

 

 

Related Resources:

 

Northwest Herald article

Woodstock Independent Article

Poll summary

Complete poll data

 

 

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