This is a Blog for YCJUSD educators and anyone else that needs a place to vent, a place of support and a place of solidarity.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
This Board Needs a Priority Adjustment
Teachers in Yucaipa and Calimesa have been told, in no uncertain terms, that we are not a priority in the budget. If the people who work with kids daily are not a priority, what is? Apparently it's a 1.5 million dollar football field and track. At a recent school board meeting, the Board was told that fundraising efforts had fallen short - 900 thousand dollars short! At this point they could have pulled the plug on the project. Instead, the Board voted to proceed and send phase one (at a projected cost of 1.08 million dollars) out to bid. My question is, where will the money come from to cover the short-fall? Jim Hoyt asked this very question. Patti Ingram suggested that cuts could be made in other areas to make up the difference. That's a pretty big difference! I wonder what else might be cut: Classroom supplies, textbooks, copying, instructional aids? When the community said this project was not a priority (by not funding it) the Board should have recognized the same and followed suite.