The LuLac Edition #3216, May 24th, 2016
So last night the best dang school board in America made the decision to not only raises taxes again but make cuts in education of more than 4 million dollars. That will affect 37 educators. But wait as they say in the infomercials, there’s more. The District decided to raise property taxes by 3.5 percent. Once more property owners in Wilkes Barre can’t get a break.
The Vote was 8 to 1 with Ned Evans voting no because he was “moved” by the testimonials by residents, especially students. But Evans was not moved enough to come up with any new ideas.
The cuts are going to be in things like Art, Life Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Technology which includes science, engineering and math. Subjects that the school board seems to think are a luxury. With many lower income students in the District, to me this is puzzling. If we are to build a better more informed citizen, we should start with aspirational courses that can carry students through life.
Here’s what WASN’T cut:
Athletics, football especially.
Administration. Last year the administrators got a raise of $10,000 bucks each!
THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS DISTRICT NOT MAKING 10,000 DOLLARS A YEAR.
Did this board who gave those raises last year not have a plan?
After all, they are the best dang school board in America.
How many administrators do you think will lose their jobs?
A caller to WILK today made a very good point about some of the other district employees. Janitors and Secretaries making more than teachers because they had a connection and might have been too stupid to survive in private industry BUT smart enough to get a gig and keep a low profile. No chaperoning middle school dances for those folks. If you look at the names, you’ll see the connections to school boards of yore.
Something drastically needs to be done. The Governor who I supported wants to baby tenured teachers and not support merit retention. The Legislature with a few exceptions is full of shit and scared, or as they say in Larksville, “ah scared” of the teachers union. There has been very little property tax relief because a bunch of power hungry GOP leaders won’t work with anyone. So pretty much there’s not a lot of hope.
But here’s a few suggestions.
1. Hire a new superintendent that has no ties to this area. Let’s not have the same debacle that happened in Scranton where they hired a double dipper feeding off the public teat in the Lac.
2. Fire three quarters of the administrators. They have pensions, more than you and I make combined. They’ll be fine.
3. Put a freeze on all salaries. Rethink the unions.
4. Hire and fire on merit.
5. Set up a contingency fund for the lawsuits bound to come.
6. If you insist on having football games, hire people other than school teachers, janitors and secretaries employed by the district to even skim more public money.
7. Put a user tax on school services for all parents and guardians of students who don’t own property. It could be $25.00 bucks a quarter, 100 a year. Everyone would have skin in the game. And don’t give me the garbage that “the poor” can’t afford a hundred bucks a year.
If the parents valued education……………like parents of previous generations, they’ll find a way.
The District should outsource a company to categorize and collect the money. Nobody’s cousin or brother in law in charge either, thank you.
Property owners need relief. The people carrying the load are dying, moving or just giving up.
Innovative ideas and daring, gutsy changes are needed.
But unfortunately we’re stuck with the best dang School Board in America.
The other day he put a video up again talking about Bill Clinton’s infidelities. If Trump is stupid enough to bring it up in the debate, (and if I were Clinton, I’d ignore him) but if she does debate him, when he talks about Bill, Hillary should just say:
“Donald, my husband is not running for President. I am.
If you want to fight him in a back alley and argue about how big your hands are, go for it.
But I want to talk about the future of America and not about sex from 20 years ago.
You might have the fascination of a sixth grade boy with all this sex stuff. Go home to Marla, or whoever your trophy wife is now…..but please let Americans pick a President.
Just shut up.