Your newspaper recently had headlines telling us about the severe monetary shortfalls the school districts are facing all of a sudden and if this problem isn't taken care of in this coming election, sharp increases in levies, major cuts, etc. will have to be instituted. I can believe that to be true but have some questions that someone will hopefully be able to answer.
Why, all of a sudden do we have this emergency? Do we not have anyone capable in these school districts that can project these problems long before they come 'a serious problem'? It would make sense that a school manager (somewhat like a city manager) be hired and report to the school board...a person more qualified than what we presently have. It's hard to believe that a 'business,' as large as school districts are, does not have such a qualified person to project possible problems as these. When was the last time a school district board voluntarily decided to eliminate something that it deemed unnecessary and/or extravagant? I've yet to see any headlines on that happening.
To accomplish what they want to do, of course, requires raising taxes. Examples of what people would expect to have happen to budgets has been published, i.e. real estate taxes. How are people who are on fixed incomes adjusting to things like this? Inflation alone straps these people and continues every year with no regard for their quality of life. Are they no longer as important as the educators or the students? It seems that we the public are as responsible as anyone for electing irresponsible managers of our money and children's education. Please tell us... and prove these comments to be incorrect.
Charles O. Larson
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