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School renovation runs into static

A $3 million plan to renovate Wilmot Elementary School in Deerfield has been presented to the Village Board for consideration but it has already met some resistance from residents.

The school plans to add classrooms, a parking lot and a playground, and provide a more efficient and safe way to pick up and drop off students.

But residents who spoke at the meeting aren’t convinced the plan would solve the traffic problems.

The board voted to accept the plan, though Mayor Harriet Rosenthal encouraged residents to discuss their concerns with school officials.

Anna Tarkov

Yes folks, it’s not all glitz and glamor. This is what most of us start out writing. And I don’t even get to write the headline.


  1. Anonymous June 21, 2010

    It may not be glam, Anna, but it’s the foundation of democracy! Just by writing this, you’re informing neighborhood residents that their block might be changing and letting parents and students know that if they want their school to expand, they need to advocate for it.

    There is something essentially good about what you’re doing, and most of the stuff that is essentially good, I find, is not particularly glamorous. Keep up the good work!

  2. Anna Tarkov June 21, 2010

    You’re so right. Important work is often done in relative obscurity. Thanks for always being one of my cheerleaders :) And you know I’m more than happy to return the favor.

  3. Anonymous June 22, 2010

    “This is what most of us start out writing. And I don’t even get to write the headline.”

    LOL, Anna. This is also what some of us end up writing. Funny the turns a long career can take.

  4. Anna Tarkov June 22, 2010

    That’s really funny Elaine :) By the way, it looks like you’re doing good work with your site. How long have you been publishing it?

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