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By John Marozsan of Lake Bluff
My name is John Marozsan. My wife and I have been residents of Lake Bluff since 1996. I currently serve as President and Trustee on the Lake Bluff Library Board. I started my career as a teacher, have a graduate degree in education, worked for a publisher as a creator and developer of textbooks and ended my career as the CEO and President of one of the largest providers of information to attorneys and accountants. My record as a community participant and a business leader stands on its own. I am a father of 3 boys and the proud grandfather of 2 young children.
I have been an active participant in the “Concerned Citizens of Lake Bluff” group over the past few years. At first, we addressed the $11 million pool referendum and worked closely with the Park District to arrive at a workable and affordable solution. You will find by discussing this matter with any of the Park District board members or the Executive Director, Ron Salski, that our input has been a valuable additive component to the process.
More recently we have been involved in working with the Lake Bluff School Board and School Superintendent Dr. Jean Sophie to address the Fund Balance Reserve as it relates to our property taxes. I have spoken several times at the School Board Meetings and have met twice with Dr. Sophie and members of the School Board at District 65 offices to discuss options. The meetings have been cordial and our discussions productive.
This past week I received a letter (sent to my home via the U.S. Postal Service) filled with anger and hatred. Here’s a link for those of you who would like to read it: anonymous letter. It certainly comes nowhere near describing me as a person or accurately recognizing my contributions to the community. It is obvious that the person who wrote the letter does not know me at all. I have turned the letter over to the Lake Bluff Police for further investigation.
More importantly, it is exactly the wrong way to address or resolve difficult issues. We have a process in this country that encourages open discourse in a transparent and up front manner. It seems to me that we are losing the concept of civility in public debate. Compromise is absolutely necessary in order for society to function at any level including the local level. To hide behind a nasty anonymous letter does not help move any issue forward in a positive manner. It only fosters fear and flames wasteful emotions.
Dr. Sophie and the School Board had opened up and encouraged a participative process for the community, as did the Park District Board. I invite the person who wrote this letter to come out from behind your anonymous screen, identify yourself as we have and participate in the ongoing process of determining the most fiscally sound course of action that will result in the best outcomes for the children of the Lake Bluff school system.
Sit beside me, my colleagues, Dr.Sophie and the School Board in a productive way. Take time to understand the issues and the tradeoffs. Allow yourself the benefit of examining all the alternatives being considered in a measured fashion. Use your time, as we have, to participate in the process in an open and productive fashion.