Re: Prospective from a Granite City teacher about the upcoming changes. Archived Message
Posted by elcooksta on January 20, 2016, 2:31 pm, in reply to "Re: Prospective from a Granite City teacher about the upcoming changes."
So because parents voted against the tax increase we have no right to know what is going on? As a tax payer they owe us answers, I don't care if you voted for or against the increase they need to give us answers! |
What answers have they not given?
From my Facebook post earlier this month..
Just posting some thoughts out there.
1) First and foremost, our town is not growing, look at the 2000 and the 2010 census, there is an overall decline in the child populace in our town (by the hundreds in some age groups, which (by the law of supply and demand) creates less of a demand for space because the 'supply' is shrinking).
2) Right, wrong, or indifferent...we did not vote to increase the taxes, and we knew going into that vote that there would be changes that we may not like had we disapproved it (which we did).
3) The elected officials heard their constituents' concerns and made decisions (whether they took your (often head scratching) points into consideration or not is their prerogative). That is how the system works.
4) Did you think this was going to be easy? Do you think, as a parent, that the institution should exist to satisfy your needs or might you consider that they have hundreds of kids with families to worry about? Change hurts sometimes, but change is necessary to keep in step with rapidly moving times.
5) Again, tough decisions were made....they were elected by the people, and the way you can change that is to elect someone different or run yourself. Since they were elected to do their job (and resting on their laurels while our school district is in financial turmoil is not doing their job), they are making the (sometimes unpopular) decisions.
I would say that I do not LIKE what happened (I empathize with three kids in different schools), but I understand it is necessary in a town with a dwindling population during a time of economic hardship.
Adapt and overcome people, as usual we will find a way.