“Lose your school. Lose your community. School administrative districts were no more than a scam and a few people have finally figured out that it would be nice to keep the control and the tax dollars in town.
Oh, it would also be nice to keep the kids in town.
But getting the control and the money back is the main thing. You will not get your schools back in town without a fight. There’s too much money at stake. And it’s fun to spend other people’s money.”
~Robert Karl Skoglund, “The Humble Farmer“
Though taxpayers dislike the spending priorities outlined within, the budget passed last night without changing a dime. The additional $68,000 appropriated by the state has been consumed in its entirety by an Assistant Principal position.
When the Board was questioned about a letter Timbered Classrooms received about an offer on the table from a teacher to serve in dual capacity in the post for less money. The questioner was unceremoniously accused of “gossip” in spite of having the highly credible letter in hand (the name of the writer was obscured to “protect the innocent” so to speak.)
Is this the way to treat the people whose money you are spending? …and whose permission you need at the ballot box to spend it in the manner you propose?
The Superintendent went on to say that the position “would be posted” and that they would not give the position away for less money when others may be more qualified.
Of course they are going to “post” the position! IT IS THE LAW. Those close to the situation however firmly believe that the candidate has effectively been selected already and the cost would be the full budgeted amount. The Board did not elaborate on the teacher’s qualifications versus those of their chosen candidate, but their concern in that area rings hollow as they have consistently opted for inexperienced faculty due to the cost of their more experienced counterparts. The most accomplished teacher still commands a lower salary than an entry level administrator for some inexplicable reason given the disproportionate influence of faculty on Kids. Remember them?
The Board forgets that those who pay the bills have the final say. Hopefully The communities will not.
The budget validation vote will be held Tuesday August 11 at community’s polling places.