District 150 school board discuss sales tax increase, Peoria High expansion

By WEEK Producer

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- District 150 is one step closer to owning land needed to expand the athletic facilities for Peoria High.

On Tuesday night, the school board approved the purchase of a property on North Ellis, near the high school, at a cost of $90,000.

The board also heard a presentation from Interim Comptroller Dave Kinney about a county wide sales tax increase.

In less than a month, Peoria County residents will vote on whether to approve the one cent sales tax increase.

The money will be used for school improvements without having to raise property taxes.

During Tuesday night's meeting, parents continued to voice their support for Charter Oak Principal John Wetterauer but there were also some who spoke in favor of the district.

"It's time for these grown people to step up and take responsibilities for their actions," said District 150 Parent Neidre Tate. "Quit pointing the finger at the administration, who has nothing to do with the choices that you make, and start setting examples for these kids in order for this district to change."

In response to the comments, Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan reminded everyone that just because there is disagreement between the board and community members does not mean their opinions are not heard.

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