In reading the article in today’s AJC regarding [the 5/22 budget] meeting, it seems that the county is trying to fill a $70m budget gap due to increased healthcare and retirement benefits. I understand that healthcare costs are rising, however, retirement benefits should be slashed. Nobody in the private sector receives retirement benefits. So, if retirement is a rising cost, it should be mitigated in that any incoming new teacher will not receive retirement benefits just as anyone in the private sector.
Many PTAs in the area are helping to fund their schools. They provide cleaning supplies, stipends for teachers to purchase supplies, provide substitute teachers, and purchase playground equipment for the schools. The PTAs should not have to provide basic supplies to the schools in order for them to function properly, the county should provide those items. This demonstrates how inefficiently the county is running the schools.
Montessori is once again on the agenda for removing from schools as well. I think this is a HUGE mistake. The Montessori class room equipment is already purchased and the classes use fewer consumables, like paper, pencils, etc., than traditional classrooms. Montessori is a low cost option for parents and is part of the reason we moved into the school district. Please fight to not remove the Montessori from the schools.
I saw that the county is considering removing Pre-K as an option to save money. Doesn’t the lottery pay for Pre-k? So, why cut pre-k? That is crazy.
Also, I do not understand how the school board is complaining about money when they were able to cover a budget shortfall this year of over $40m by reallocating some funds.
What’s up with that?