Taxpayers, parents and school administrators are going head to head in a pitched battle at school deliberative session on Feb. 6th. In the words of Shakespeare’s good King Henry V rousing his soldiers against seemingly hopeless odds:And gentlemen in Timberlane now a-bed Shall think themselves accursed they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Deliberative day. But guess what? Our odds are not hopeless. We can get this budget cut with a compelling argument and some favorable numbers. I will deliver the argument which I am working hard to make short and hard hitting. [The Moderator has now given me permission to use the projector.] You must deliver the numbers. Please!
Tell all you see that this is not an attack on education. This is saving the school district from itself. When institutions grow beyond the ability of people to pay for them, one of two things happen: the institution collapses or the people are impoverished. Families must be able to afford homes in our towns. They must have enough private resources to offer their own children advantages that can’t be replaced by school – travel, private lessons, cultivation of hobbies, etc.
When it comes down to the most selfish motivations, we all have a personal stake in education for our own personal safety. Young people with bright futures do not become thugs. Our property values also increase with a desirable school district. Right now we have taxes so high we fear our houses will not be marketable, and a school district that continues to underperform despite significantly more money than a respected neighboring school (Pinkerton). Higher budgets hurt families and all property owners without helping the school district come to grips with its fundamental problem: a long history of poor management. There is new management now, and new promise, but ever increasing budgets in the face of plummeting enrollment does nothing but enable the old practices.
Tell your friends to visit Timberlane2015.wordpress.com for more facts about the 2014-2015 Timberlane budget and why it is imperative to cut it this year at this meeting. See you in battle.