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3/30/2013 6:59:00 AM
Letters to the editor: L-P board challenger's answers show disrespect

In the Feb. 28 edition of the NewsTribune, the L-P Board candidates were introduced with each candidate stating their objectives if elected and why they feel they are the best candidate available. In response to these questions, I believe that newcomer Dennis O’Keefe’s responses showed total disrespect toward the members of the Board of Education and the superintendent.
Mr. O’Keefe stated his objectives if elected were “to protect L-P’s faculty, coaches, staff, administration and students from an intimidating, arrogant, hypocritical and vindictive Board of Education.” Mr. O’Keefe said “I do not need to win this election but the community does in order to possibly teach a board and superintendent much needed lessons in human decency and humility.”
Contrary to the opinions of Mr. O’Keefe, the L-P Board has worked very hard in being financially accountable to the district by maintaining one of the lowest tax rates for high schools in La Salle County. The board continues to provide many excellent programs for our students and has engaged members of our community to set a vision and goals for our district.
One year ago the board created the Strategic Planning Committee. This committee was comprised of over 50 members of the community which included area superintendents, teachers, students, parents, local mayors, school staff, board members and other highly respected members of our community.
These individuals spent countless hours focusing on Student Learning and Performance, Facilities, Technology, Community Engagement and Human Resources. The Board of Education in agreement with the Strategic Planning Committee’s Beliefs, Vision and Mission for L-P High School, is implementing their recommendations in a prioritized manner.
With productive communication and continued collaboration between members of our community, superintendent, faculty, staff and members of the Board of Education, we can turn our vision into reality.
The Strategic Action Plan, L-P High School goals and a wealth of other LPHS information can be viewed at L-P’s website at

Alan Cherpeske,

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013
Article comment by: CRobinson

HaHaHaHa! You should have waited until today so you could say APRIL FOOL. The LP board is so worried that a person with contrary opinions could be olected. It also happened 30 some years ago when a man from Peru was on the board with contrary ideas and they found a way to dump him. It's the same road the public sector is moving on with spend and make the public pay. Maybe the taxpayers could send a message by voting on only one person whose initials are D. O'K. It's worth a try.

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: MotherEarthSpeaks

With the significant revenue generated from the High School activities, like the Sports Complex, I fully expect that residential taxes will be lowered for everyone, and that the school will become fully sustaining with contributions from business revenue streams. Right?

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