Construction Permit Delay?


WARNING….. This blog post contains a rumor and opinions. A piece of information in this post was received through word of mouth and has not and can not be verified. Please read it at the risk of seeing a possible bigger picture, and forgive me for rumor mongering

My question is a simple one. Who is truly at fault? An architectural firm with decades of undeniable successes, or a potentially politically motivated village department simply following the changing beliefs of people swayed by an upcoming election cycle?

The following was taken directly from the School Districts main web page. Link found here. Items in red or italics added by me, James J Tompson

The Board Facilities Committee met on Thursday, March 24th. The committee discussed the status of the Kennedy Addition. The architects reported that we are currently waiting for a permit from the MWRD (It has been wispered in my ear, yet unconfirmed that the preverbiall ball in this instance was dropped by one John Zalud, the  Director of Community Development here in lovely Schiller Park (Info found here). The permit delay has compromised  the timeline for the project.If true Thank you Mr Zalud- As a result, an addendum has been added to Bid Package #2 to explore the possibility of moving the substantial completion date from August 15th to October 3rd. The architect recommends we consider this option only if there is a premium cost to maintaining our current timeline given the delay. Bids will be opened on March 29th at 3pm and the Board Finance Committee will meet April 4th to discuss the cost difference between the two substantial completion dates, if any. The committee also discussed the need to move the FAA Windshear Tower that is located on Kennedy School property and the progress made towards that end.

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Sabotage from the village, or a simple mistaken interpretation of someone’s meaning? It’s a very commonly known fact that there is some people with an almost devout opposition to a project they know virtully nothing about.  Given the track record of the people in charge of this project I have a very strong opinion of who is at fault, and it is not the architectural firm or anyone involved with Schiller Park School District 81.

Maybe just another case of Blaming Schiller Park School District 81 for all of your problems? Or a politically motivated delay? You be the judge.


Another Example of Excellence

Excellence Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Dramatic Clouds, Sun Rays and Sky.


It’s no secret to anyone that School District 81 still has some haters. Not as many as in the recent past, but there is still some holdouts. The reality is that this is an amazing school system to have in our town, and the bottom line is that SD81 is an example other school systems can follow to lead them to success.

Residents of the SD81 territory have started to see the truth as to what is really going on in this amazing School District. Let me add that the District itself has not gone through any significant changes, and that It is still the same wonderfully staff succeeding at educating the communities children as it has been. The difference is that those successes are now being seen by the community, and all the lies from some are being overpowered by truth.

I have always felt that turning around the perception people have of School District 81 would be a lot easier then that of the “haters” and their continued beat downs with lies and miss-information. The Schools spoke for themselves once the barriers of lie and deceit were broken down.

This time an example of School District 81’s Quality education comes in the form of an article written in the January/February issue of the Illinois School Board Journal. (Vol 84, No 1)

The article can be found here on page 4, and it  discusses the District’s use of technology. Please take a moment to read it, and see it as just one more thing School District 81 is doing in the name of education.

I want to say thank you to Dr Kimberly Boryszewski (A Superintendent of Distinction nominee), the Board of Education, and all the teachers, and staff of School District 81 for their continued successes in providing a quality education and a wonderful learning environment for all of the children of Schiller Park School District 81.