Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
As you may know, I’ve been out of town and just saw this story on this website:
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2007, 3:18 p.m.
By Stefanie Scott
Residents to be heard on failed referendumFranklin Public Schools will be holding Be Heard meetings in December as a way to get resident input on district issues.
Meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Robinwood Elementary School, 10705 W. Robinwood Lane; 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Forest Park Middle School, 8255 W. Forest Hill Ave.; and 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Franklin High School, 8222 S. 51st St.
The first topic will be the past April referendum, an $78 million, two-question initiative that was voted down at the polls April 3. One question asked voters to approve bonding for $77 million for construction of a new high school and renovation of the current high school. A second asked them to OK $1.8 million annually to cover operating expenses for utilities and custodial staff. By a wide margin, voters said no to both questions.
School officials want to know what residents what they liked about the proposed plan and what they believe should have been done differently. The meetings will include small-group brainstorming sessions, followed by a large-group discussion.
Suddenly, the Franklin Public School administration wants to hear from Franklin residents. I don’t seem to recall this tax-happy bunch scheduling any special meetings to hear from the public about the raping they planned of the taxpayers regarding the school budget.
This is a complete joke. They’re not interested in what you have to say. They have their minds made up on a plan already. It’s called a HUGE REFERENDUM.
The tactic being used is one of the oldest in the books: hold several meetings, sit at a table with fake looks of concern on faces, pretend to be sympathetic, and then turn on taxpayers once again.
Have they no shame or clue? If the idea is to talk about the failed referendum, that suggests to me a lack of vision. Didn’t they get the message 7 months ago? I know I did. So did thousands and thousands of other Franklin taxpayers.
I love this line from the above story:
School officials want to know what residents what they liked about the proposed plan and what they believe should have been done differently.
Notice it doesn’t say that the Franklin Public Schools intelligentsia wants to know what you didn’t like about the $78-million tax increase?
I hope Franklin residents storm these meetings with lanterns and pitchforks and give the tax increasers a healthy piece of their minds.
A good turnout is critical because I wouldn’t put it past the school administrators and School Board members to stack these presentations with their own supporters.