Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2006

Cooperation is still key

September 7, 2006

It was a little sign, but a good sign. Cooperation is what counts.

When the Baldwin City Council put its final stamp of approval on an agreement with the Baldwin School District on the School Resource Officer, there was an added bonus. The city and school district had long been discussing the SRO and how to best make it work.

Frankly, at several points in those discussions, there were plenty of hard feelings and differences of opinion. But, eventually, it all got worked out. That's good, because it's what's best for the community, not just the city and district. We all took victory in that.

But, there was a little extra Tuesday. It was mentioned that the school district wouldn't be paying its first quarter payment for the $39,000 position shared equally. But, that payment would be made up in January when the district is on better financial footing.

In light of the $300,000 shortfall discovered recently in this year's district budget, that is understandable. Belts have been tightened, including the elimination of the district's monthly newsletter.

The city is doing its part, too. Comments were made about helping the district where it can. That's good to hear. Everyone is doing their part to make the most of a bad situation.

We are all winners with that attitude, too.

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