Greendale trustees rescind polling place referendum question

Aug. 25, 2014

Greendale — Polling places will remain in Greendale schools during elections — at least for the near future — after the board of trustees unanimously approved to rescind its referendum question addressing the controversial topic Monday evening.

The board of trustees approved the referendum question, which would ask residents whether or not they wanted polling places to be removed from district schools, in July.

Concerns regarding student safety during election days quickly grew earlier this year, after members of the Highland View Elementary PTO expressed their fears before the Greendale School Board last December.

In response, the school district requested in a formal letter that the Village of Greendale remove its polling places from schools by the general election on November 2. The school district sent another letter to the board of trustees last week, which redefined its request and granted permission to keep polling places in schools for the election due to "the various challenges faced by the Village."

Both letters were rescinded by the school board last week, thereby removing the need for a referendum question.

The purpose of these proceedings "was to encourage the dialogue, not to keep putting (a decision) off," Trustee Sally Chadwick said during Monday's special meeting. "Let's get going on this and start talking about it. We need to continue on with discussion and come up with some things for both boards to consider."

No residents in attendance offered any public comment regarding the issue.

"We and the school board work together on many occasions … and we've always known them to be good partners in this community and they help drive this community forward," said Village President John Hermes during the meeting. "I expect no change in that relationship as we move forward and I hope that's exactly the case.

"I think this is the way to go."

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