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Candidate Forum Wrap-Up: Online Video Available Until April 5

Be sure to check Patch later today for the full story and a link to the event video.

If you missed Wednesday night's candidate forum for the Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A Board of Education, we have some great news.

Patch and the Lemont Junior Woman's Club were fortunate enough to be contacted last week by Lemont resident Jim Fiore, owner of DV Imaging. DV Imaging is a professional webcasting company who puts together webcasts for companies across the United States.  He utilized the volunteer videographers from Channel 6 to stream the event.

Thanks to Fiore's offer to help us, we were able to provide a live feed from the event so voters could watch the forum from the comfort of their own home. So far, we've received great feedback both on Patch and our Facebook page.

Here's the great news: the video from the forum will be available online from now through April 5. Anyone who wishes to view the event in its entirety may do so by clicking here (the video will be available "on demand" by Thursday afternoon).

The forum will also air on Channel 6 (U-Verse Channel 99) on March 21, 22 and 30 at noon, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

On a final note, I want to take one last opportunity to thank Jim Fiore and Bill Pelen, who both worked very hard to organize the filming of this event. Another thank you to Lemont Township Supervisor Steve Rosendahl, who opened up the Community Center to us.

Patch would also like to thank the Lemont Junior Woman's Club for inviting us to be part of such a great event. In particular we would like to thank Kelley Van Hecke, Kristy Lambrakis, Lynn Antonopoulos and all the other women who donated time and energy to making this event such a success.

On a personal note, I want to add that I was blown away by the turnout, as well as the number of people who watched online. The event was informative and positive in nature, which is what we hoped it would be. We hope voters took (or will take) some useful information away from the event, or that you were at least provoked to ask more questions.

We would love to hear your feedback on the event, so please let us know what you thought in the comments below. I can also be reached via e-mail at amanda@patch.com or phone at 630-886-7917.

Check back later this morning for the full story on the forum.

Thank you,

Amanda

Patti T March 10, 2011 at 07:57 PM
I agree with you Brenda. There is a lack of funds. My response above was posted shortly after yours, but it was in response to Martin Finn's post.
martin finn March 10, 2011 at 08:35 PM
I recognize now that it takes a great deal of courage and strength to put yourself out there and run for school board, especially now in Lemont with the difficulties. I couldn't do it. For the most part, the candidates can be very proud of themselves for their performance, I think. But, as I looked around the room at all the concerned citizens and parents, and I heard endless talk of financial problems, "this area closed due to financial difficulties," "the stigma on a community due to state involvement" I also realized that being a board member is a very important responsibility. I know I am being hard on them, but, it was a funding problem is not an adequate explanation for the devastation. I have looked at that side of the equation enough to know that. I am sorry. Leadership is needed too. I also saw a few candidates I thought had some of those qualities.
martin finn March 11, 2011 at 03:51 AM
Just returned from Tea party Forum, a little different flavor from last night's but very informative. Did you know that currently about $1200 dollars of every students per pupil spending every year goes to Wall Street investors, that is, the bond holders.? Did you know that significant bond debt is coming due for both 210 and 113A in the upcoming years from bond sales in 2006 and 2001, I believe? Read that as increased property taxes regardless of what happens to the current referendum. There was an honest discussion of the need for more money for the district to repair some of the damages the kids have experienced. Which prompts this question? Where were Mr. Molitor, Mr. Taylor and Ms. Kelly? They are asking all citizens to put them in a position of trust and leadership at a very sensitive time. A choice to not show, and I think a very poor one. BTW, two nights at the community center and I still haven't seen ms murphy. When accountability is so important (is she on accountability committee?) she must have a very good reason for not being at either forum. Perhaps I missed the reason as I was 15 minutes late for wednesday event.
Amanda Luevano March 11, 2011 at 03:57 AM
Martin, Mrs. Murphy was unable to attend the event last night because she was in contract negotiations with the district. She serves on the district's negotiating team. She did not "choose" not to attend. She was simply unable to. Thanks, Amanda
Patti T March 11, 2011 at 04:46 AM
Martin - that is not accurate. The instructional expenditure per student does not include all expenses incurred by the district. It includes "Expenditures related to activities dealing with the teaching of pupils or the interaction between teachers and pupils. " Debt services expenditures would NOT impact our "spending per pupil" figure. Back to our same four schools from above.... with the exception of Lockport (which is considered a Medium sized district whereas the other are large), Sd113a has the lowest Debt Servicing expense. When I compare their Debt servicing expense to their overall total expense I get the following percentages: District......................%Debt Servicing to Total Expense Woodridge SD68...... . 15.24% Orland SD135............. 15.54% Lockport SD91............ 5.33% Lemont SD113a............12.28% Here are the numbers to get to those percentages District......................Debt Servicing Exp...........Total Expense Woodridge SD68...... . 6,470,573........................42,467,012 Orland SD135............. 11,567,900......................74,437,070 Lockport SD91............ ....371,017...................... 69,54,804 Lemont SD113a............3,175,356........................25,867,273 I pulled this data from the ISBE.net website interactive report cards. Comparing school year 2008-2009 data.

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