The information below comes directly from one of my friends who attends every school board meeting and is very much involved in trying to help the school system solve its problems without hurting parents and children. Just because I’m on the No Levy side, it is useful to still speak to people who are for the levy and neutral so I can understand the situation. Below are his notes starting with a letter to the School Board:
Joan & Lynda,
Attached you will find a spreadsheet I prepared. The first two worksheets show the May and September 2010 Lakota Five Year Plans. The third worksheet shows the numbers based on removing the $3M kindergarten costs and removing $3.83M associated with busing and the 15 elementary literary personnel from the $12.2M existing proposed cuts. The fourth worksheet is just a what-if scenario if the district went for a five-year emergency levy in 2011. Here is the 2010 plan.
I really think you have another year before you have to make both the busing and elementary teacher’s cuts. These two items really will have the biggest impact on the students and their parents. You are affecting half of the student population with busing and eliminating crucial early teaching that has a huge leverage impact on later years.
In my assumptions, I did not include any actions to reduce the growth in employee costs, although I feel this is another area that needs to be looked at seriously.
Thanks for your consideration.
These documents do not mean we need a levy, but are in fact ways of playing out different financial options.
Lakota has a lot of options. But they elected to extort the public with cuts in busing and other programs and provide the public with information to insight anger and panic.