In the aftermath of the recent school district levy failure, Superintendent Tammy Lacey took to the airwaves and newsprint to give the voters of Great Falls a good rap on the knuckles.
Lacey’s condescending explanation of why the levy failed was way off-base and laid the blame on everything except for hers and the district’s arrogance to think that even after the recent passage of a $98M bond levy there was still some spare change in the local taxpayer’s pockets, that administrator’s salaries weren’t too high and that a number of other mistakes would be forgotten. She was wrong, but now she says the kids will pay the price for lack of funds.
These are her excuses:
1.) “Getting people to vote to tax themselves more is always a hard sell”.
2.) “Having to use a mail-in ballot where it only takes a couple of minutes and a few cents to say NO”.
3.) “And having an opposition group that has their local school district and local educational opportunities “confused” with their dislike of government doesn’t help”.
Superintendent Lacey’s first point is obvious and her second point makes no sense at all. It takes the same amount of time to vote yes as it does to vote no.
And her third point. What opposition group? It looks to us as though the huge no vote was a grassroots movement comprised of individuals who saw through the tired mantra, “It’s for the Kids”. So, is Superintendent Lacey calling an imaginary “opposition group”, a Basket of Confusables? If so, that would be right out of Hillary’s playbook of excuses.
The big question is; did Superintendent Lacey and the school district learn anything from this experience, or will their blinders simply not allow them to see the forest for the trees?
To add insult to injury, Lacey’s congratulatory Tweet to the other AA districts whose levies were passed was a throw-it-in-your-face backhanded insult to the citizens of Great Falls for whom she works. Please spare us your condescension.
“To add insult to injury, Lacey’s congratulatory letter to the other AA districts whose levies were passed was a throw-it-in-your-face backhanded insult to the citizens of Great Falls for whom she works. Please spare us your condescension.”
Here is our basket of some recommendations to bring some resolution to the school district’s misadventure.
- Cut all administrative salaries by 20%.
- Discontinue the District’s 1% annual annuity contribution to administrators.
- Eliminate four of the eight high school associate principals.
- Cease purchases of residential properties around Great Falls High for expensive parking lots.
- Involve citizens to explore consolidation of elementary schools.
- Competitively bid general construction contracts for all district projects.
- Implement an annual “Conflict of Interest” form for all district employees.
- Eliminate secret professional selection processes.
- DO NOT LAY OFF TEACHERS!
(Note: Readers please add to this list)