More than 40 positions were proposed for elimination in the superintendent’s budget plan. With fewer employees in the schools, the issue of teaching to a student’s strength becomes even less possible.
Class sizes will continue to grow, and extracurricular program offerings will continue to shrink. For these options to at least stabilize, creative — not drastic — measures need to be taken.
A school district’s administration is expensive. What if in the same way that cash-conscious townships share services, like plowing, schools started sharing services? Shared, centralized administration offices; shared kitchens that deliver hot food from centralized facilities; shared record-keeping; shared typists — maybe even shared superintendents.
If the music program is slashed, it’s never going to rebound. That’s just the new budget. If interscholastic athletics are shut down, they’ll never start back up. That will simply be the new budget.
Even if those critical decisions are put off this year, they’ll need to be decided soon. And the same thing will start coming up in more and more local governments. Villages in the region are weighing dissolution right now. Once something’s lost, it’s not likely to come back. What’s worth keeping? Now is when those decisions matter most. Get your voice heard in local government.
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