It is fair to say a large number of property taxpayers are opposed to voting for yet another school district levy.
Based on recent school district levies, both those which passed, and those which have failed, it is also fair to say taxpayers have gotten the good, the bad and the ugly for their hard-earned tax dollars.
The Good are the teachers in the district who use their education, skills and creativity to go beyond their perfunctory duties and encourage students to contemplate, debate, and communicate ideas.
The Bad are the over-the-top administration salaries.
These salaries have increased twice since the list shown above from 2017. Each time the teachers get a 2% raise, so do the administrators.
And because administrator’s retirement benefits are calculated on their three highest paid years. According to the chairman of the school board, the last superintendent is collecting $80K a year in retirement benefits.
How about reducing the administration salaries to pay teachers more? A 20% reduction would be very close to the $1M needed for teacher raises.
Horrible graduation rates; 80% as reported by the office of public instruction. That means 20 students out of every 100 do not graduate, albeit, on time.
Add to that the ugly addition to GFH and the destruction of a historic campus, the purchase of a property for a small parking lot without the required vote of the public because the property is not contiguous to the existing campus, and the deforestation of approximately 70 eighty-year old campus trees without permission from the City.