Board member expresses stance about school budget
Sunday March 17, 2013 | By:Steve Schunk |
I have long held views on public education and education funding, in particular.
I believe in the importance of sports, music, art and clubs. Also important is such things as kindergarten and high school electives.
All these are essential for the development of well-rounded citizens. The question at hand is how to pay for those activities. If people choose to have children, they should be personally responsible for the cost associated with these “extras.”
The people of the state of New York have elected representatives who have determined what basic public education in New York should look like. It is these mandated activities that I am willing to ask our citizens to pay for. Not a bit more. The local budget was made more difficult, when the board recently made the decision to increase our payroll cost.
I have no problem with the district collecting a user fee, for those who wish to participate in these non-mandated activities.
If there is a local group who wishes to donate funds, to help cover the cost for truly impoverished children, I am even OK with that, and I would personally contribute.
Because we have four board members with substantial conflicts of interest, I know that my vision of education in Springville is not currently possible.
In keeping with my convictions, I will not be able to support any budget, unless it equates to a substantial property tax decrease.
Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education member