I am a district employee and I am fed up. We closed two schools. We fired a huge amount of people, many of which were friends. We have to pay more for our children's sports. There are no more electives. Teachers have huge class sizes. Maintenance crews have twice the building to maintain. Along with several other things such as the inability to transport our kids to school if they live closer than a mile away. First off how many administrators got laid off? It is clear as day that they are worried about themselves first. Not the students.
(Editor's note: The Brainerd School District eliminated four administrative positions, or 14.3 percent of the department.)
To Crow Wing County Assessor Marty Schmidt: I have a lakehouse that is listed at what the county says is the estimated market value. I have had my house for sale at that listing price for just under one year and no one will even come close to offering what the county says my property is worth. There already is a trend and it is disconcerting.
Practice what we preach
How dare administration stand before staff and say the district will look bad to the community because only a few teachers volunteered to march in the homecoming parade? Does administration think the community and staff are that ignorant? Until the board holds the entire administration responsible for their mistakes our district will not have support from anyone, including staff. Administration has not taken ownership and rectified their mistakes. Isn't this what we preach to our students? What a great opportunity for the school board and administration to show students, staff and community we actually practice what we preach.
The continuing ignorance in this community concerning school funding just amazes me. The lack of stable funding that is predictable so that a school board could pass a budget and have reasonable belief that the budget would be accurate at the end of the year is not a reality in the state of Minnesota. Check with other school districts before you attack the Brainerd School District. Most all rural school districts received more revenue this year than anticipated. Chastising administration and the school board for budgeting conservatively when that is exactly what it takes to survive is a cowardly act.
Maybe next year
Just wait until next year. That's the only thing I've heard in Minnesota since I moved here in '96. Don't you have any kind of sports team that can win anything without choking? Good going, Twins.
We reap what we sow
Vox Pop Fashion Department: You just don't get it about the wedding dress comment. A bride wearing a dress that leaves little to the imagination, reflects one's values. Do you really think the economy is the issue? Where do our economic problems come from? Could selfishness, greed, loss of moral standards and putting truth on the back burner have anything to do with our nation's problems? Actions and choices reflect values. Our nation reaps what we each sow. Where's our moral compass pointing? Few really seem to get it. Our country's answers begin with each of us on our knees.
(The Vox Pop Department of Fashion has made a handoff on this one. The Vox Pop Department of Keeping Things the Way They Always Were (VPDKTWTAW) favors the top buttons on wedding dresses closed.)
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