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QUESTIONS & CONCERNS ABOUT RURAL SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Has the board looked at the material that the CPA presented at the meeting? Is it true that we could be at capacity in 3-5 years? If we do reach capacity, what is the plan then? Have they explored the savings summary options that a board member presented at the meeting? I'm sorry but we have a hard time trusting in Mr. Dorathy and the board after the bond issue. The bond was presented to benefit the entire district and solidify the rural schools. We voted for the bond issue because we have family and friends that attend the PC & IC and they needed a new school but in addition, because it was to help Marion Springs by purchasing laptop's for our teacher's. As you are probably aware that never happened, our CSO had to buy them. The bond ensured that it would keep MSE & Vinland open. Now Mr. Dorathy and some of the board members are proposing to close them. How are we to trust in Mr. Dorathy and the board"s decisions after an ordeal like this? Then at one of the board meetings, it was presented that there was $230 some thousand left in the technology from the bond. Why wasn't it suggested to reimburse Marion Springs CSO for the laptop's they purchased? The lack of district wide curriculm is another major concern. The board voted on a district wide curriculm that is to be taught but that is not the case. Books and materials were purchased and they are not being used. Couldn't the district have saved money by just purchasing it for the teacher's that use it? These are just a few more concerns we would like addressed. There are too many questions that haven't been answered and all the other possible options to save money were taken off the table such as; seventh grade sports, reduce a technology position, Four day school week, shorter school year, busing under 2.5 miles. It just seems like they are trying to force this proposal through without concrete justification. In addition, why would the PC & IC want MSE & Vinland kids crowding their classrooms? Do they think it won't effect their children also?

November 11, 2010

QUESTIONS & CONCERNS ABOUT RURAL SCHOOL CLOSINGS

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citymole 3 years, 10 months ago

"The board voted on a district wide curriculum that is to be taught but that is not the case. Books and materials were purchased and they are not being used. Couldn't the district have saved money by just purchasing it for the teacher's that use it? "

True... the books that are SUPPOSE to be used are sitting in the PC storage room still wrapped in plastic........

You cant trust Dorathy... he will pull what ever he needs to do to pull ideas out of the thin air to get it past the citizens then come up with an " well the economy changed or the new elected political officials cut more funding" so we WERE going to give the teachers raises ( much like we will keep the schools open and provide laptops as the city schools get but didnt ) excuses.. then what? 2 schools are closed we are over budget again, no teacher raises and they are trying to figure what to pull out of their ass next to make it work.

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Stacy Napier 3 years, 10 months ago

Yea but the JH got carpet in the hall and new bigger lockers. That has helped my child learn tremendously.

She still doesn't have her own book in some subjects. They only have one set that each class uses.

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NanCrisp 3 years, 10 months ago

Maybe they should trade the books in the PC storeroom for the ones the middle school kids need right now.

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citymole 3 years, 10 months ago

And..... If I remember correctly, the RURAL family's pay the majority of taxes..so us city folks can keep building bigger schools, huge mac computers,tracks and whatever else we need for out spoiled comforts.... but dont dare suggest we spend that " savings" we get from shutting down 2 of the best schools and disrupting the lives of many families on something educated related... thats silly ! We want a new Activities director! We have so many events going on now they arent properly staffed and and kids lives are at risk during these games where there is suppose to be trained medical staff but isnt but thats OK, because the kids are having fun and thats all that really matters here in Baldwin City ! But for those parents that think education is more important then getting your brain banged around, handling a ball or wearing tiny skirts yelling " GO DAWGS" ITS NOT OK... They need to slow down the decision ,take their blinders off and listen to people that know more then them about this situation... too bad they dont see that.

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citymole 3 years, 10 months ago

EXACTLY! Thats what im talikng about notwhatyouthink...How are these spending's helping educate our children? They arent.... we need to stop the pointless spending and put it toward Books, supplies or other things that will help them. not luxuries..

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Redflyer 3 years, 10 months ago

We did buy the books but the PC & IC teacher's chose not to use them (eventhough it was voted on and required by the school board). They get to make their own decisions on how and what to teach and ignore the adopted policy of the entire district. It's one thing to buy the books but they are useless if you don't use them :)

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BaldwinDad 3 years, 9 months ago

That too me sounds like the new curriculum is not sufficent, as I for one trust the teachers doing the teaching more then I trust someone that probably hasn't taught a student anything in only god knows how long.

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Redflyer 3 years, 10 months ago

In addition, Guess who the cirriculum director is???? Surprise......MR. DORATHY!!!!

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citymole 3 years, 10 months ago

So he decided to use " said books" district wide, bought them but does not make staff use the books we paid thousands of dollars for?????? WHAT A WASTE..

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kermit 3 years, 10 months ago

Looks like the electorate is finally waking up.

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kal110386 3 years, 10 months ago

You guys realize that the money acquired through the bond issue and the general budget are two separate things right?

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Stacy Napier 3 years, 10 months ago

Yes they are two seperate things. But when you said the bond money was for books and computers and you use general funds for improvements like carpet and lockers there really is no difference is there? Rob from Peter to pay Paul.

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Bloggerboo 3 years, 10 months ago

The carpet and locker improvements in the junior high were most certainly paid for by the bond issue funds.

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Stacy Napier 3 years, 10 months ago

If they ended up using bond money why did they put it in before the bond was even voted on?

As for books. I pay a $90 text book fee each year now at registration. That means that every student should have one new book each year. The average text book cost is between $60 -90. So why is that the only new book my child is using this year there are only enough for one hours class not every student.

Maybe the citizens need to hire an auditor to look at the school district.

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Bloggerboo 3 years, 10 months ago

OK, notwhatyouthink...maybe your name should be notabletothink. Seriously, the upgrades to the junior high were NOT done prior to the bond issue being voted upon. Why don't you go ask the principal or assistance principal at the time? They are both resigned/retired and I am sure have no dog in this fight.

But you, spreading disinformation like this...it just goes to show how far some people will go to get their way or make their point, not matter how wrong they are. Shame on you.

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ksrush 3 years, 10 months ago

Do you eat lots of paint chips ? Just curious

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Stacy Napier 3 years, 10 months ago

I don't need to ask any principal. I was there in the building. I saw it.

So I guess you think that the school district is doing a fine job with our money.

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Torch 3 years, 9 months ago

Redflyer - The paragraph is your friend.

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