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Edison levy fails

February 6, 2013

HAMMONDSVILLE — A 9.45-mill continuous operating levy for the Edison Local School District once again was turned down by district voters during Tuesday’s special election....

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unoiwontbudge

Feb-08-13 5:05 PM

Reason why the country is in such bad shape is because liberals want to give everything to everybody and let the taxpayers foot the bill. Reason why mills went down is because of unreasonable union demands which the companies gave in to. Wish I would have gotten 13 weeks paid vacation and could have retired at 49 years of age. Only mill workers with a job now are the union reps. You figure it out!

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RPG0340

Feb-08-13 10:20 AM

Furthermore, your pay up or shut up attitude is why some of you guys are disrespected. Our nation, our area is suffering through tough times, there isn't enough for some of us to get by, yet all you guys want is more, more, more. Get this idea into your educated mind, WE CANNOT AFFORD IT, how about taking a pay freeze or pay cut. How about joining the real world like the rest of us, a world where children cannot be used as a bargaining chip.

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RPG0340

Feb-08-13 10:11 AM

Dodgeram50, I'd trade jobs with a teacher. I have a B.S. plus graduate credits and I assure you that I'd do that job and not complain. Teachers also have a union and are hard to get rid of if they do a substandard job, the rest of us have standards we must meet or we'd be unemployed. I'm paid well. However, I'm not paid nearly what some teachers make. You mention "jealous whining taxpayers," well, we taxpayers pay your salary, we also cannot demand a pay increase when our taxes go up. Ever think that your (and many like you) lack of respect for everyone else might have somthing to do with the rest of us not wanting to pay you more? Nobody forces you to buy your own supplies just like nobody forces me to buy my own work boots or work gloves. How many notebooks, pens, and pencils can you buy for $275?

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dodgeram50

Feb-07-13 2:17 PM

I have not talked with one person who actually visited a clasroom who would trade jobs with a teacher, yet there are many who moan and groan and complain their jealous hearts out about what they call benefits of educators.

Show me anyone whith a college degree, plus a Masters, and/or hours for a doctorate or toward one that does not make that kind of money.

Air condition the schools, have the legislatures change the school calendar, pay everyone accordingly and we'll work 2000 hours like the rest of you. I'd love to work your schedule.

But we chose education because we wanted to teach kids despite the betching parents, jealous whining tax payers, and disrespectful few students.

Want to work 184 days, be treated like a second class citizen, and spend your own money buying classroom supplies; get a teaching certificate or shut the h3ll up.

Hows that?

Educators rock!!!!

Want nice good schools, someone has to pay the piper. We pay taxes too.

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survivoroftheflood

Feb-07-13 2:11 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong but 86% of this failed levy was going for wages. If teachers and administration were serious about keeping district running, wonder if teachers union and administration ever considered wage freezes for the good of the district? Drastic times call for drastic measures.

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RPG0340

Feb-07-13 11:29 AM

Oh, before, I forget they get a spring break around Easter too!

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RPG0340

Feb-07-13 11:25 AM

@ unoiwontbudge,

Teachers are very well paid for their "work." They have June, July, August off. A 2 day work week at Thanksgiving, a 2 week vacation at Christmas-New Years's day, all bank holidays, they don't have to drive to work when it snows, and they rarely if ever work more than 8 hours a day, they also have great benefits and guranteed retirement. Let me make this clear, they are paid very well for the hours they work. As for education, they are reimbursed for obtaining a graduate degree. They got it really good. The problem is that they are getting greedy.

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Cinnamongirl

Feb-06-13 10:00 PM

Yes, Edison School District, the people have spoken. Deal with it and adapt accordingly. Times are tough and even you have to cut back.

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frannyandzoey

Feb-06-13 4:59 PM

The dirty word filter at this paper is a bit extreme. The word *****out is the same word you would use to describe drinking out of a straw. I think it was used appropriately, meant no disrespct, but your censorship app. is plain crazy or is that now worthy of being blipped out too. Nuts, whoops, did it again. I'm outta here, Mean old nuns in the 60's weren't this ridiculous.

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frannyandzoey

Feb-06-13 4:52 PM

Taxpayers in this valley are pretty much tapped out. How much can u*****out of us, most of us are retired, kids moved away because of no jobs here, yet 50% are expected to pay for kids, many of whom,their parents don't even try to find employment. Levys here will contnue to fail because 1) we're about broke 2) we are getting nothing much out our tax dollars as it is. 3)same as 1) we are broke and broken. We need food, pay for utilities, rent. Not on gov't dole....yet. NO NEW TAXES!!!! Will someone please read our lips? and endless ballots. We've been taxed to death, ask your wonderful elected officials: FED, state and local, to pony up with their own cash,not ours, we're fed up.

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momoffew

Feb-06-13 3:42 PM

It is a terrible shame that the levy failed. Yes, I know that everyone has had financial hardship; but our children are required to have an education. I DO NOT believe this is about the teachers. In order for our children to remain competitive (ie: college, tech school) they need a competitive education. The strike took a toll on alot of people. But lets wake up it is a new day, we need to provide for our children, because I honestly do not believe the Govenors proposal will not benefit the public school's.

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unoiwontbudge

Feb-06-13 3:21 PM

I am so tired of people whining about teachers salaries. It was ok for mill hunkies to strike for more wages and benefits. Guess that doesn't count for teachers. Maybe they should just work for nothing. I am not a teacher but don't see why they shouldn't make a decent salary. They are required to have a costly education but don't get paid for it. I've been in the district for 60 years and feel the students deserve better. Kudos to the uneducated, stingy no voters of Edison. I hope you get what you deserve.

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NoSupportThisTime

Feb-06-13 1:23 PM

Close the High School (it is the oldest and most costly to maintain, has heating issues, small class rooms), redistribute the students at the Stanton building to PH and JG and move the High School to the Stanton building....

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Tomkat

Feb-06-13 1:06 PM

There is no reason to close Pleasant Hill. They should combine the classrooms into one. i.e. Instead of two 2nd grade classrooms, combine them to have only only one 2nd grade class. That will cut the teaching staff in half. It's best for the children. Although the staff wouldn't want it that way, but when it comes down to it, the children are the main concern I would think. Why yank those young children from their school? Because you would rather keep what costs the district the most and throw away what's best for the children.

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Tomkat

Feb-06-13 1:05 PM

There is no reason to close Pleasant Hill. They should combine the classrooms into one. i.e. Instead of two 2nd grade classrooms, combine them to have only only one 2nd grade class. That will cut the teaching staff in half. It's best for the children. Although the staff wouldn't want it that way, but when it comes down to it, the children are the main concern I would think. Why yank those young children from their school? Because you would rather keep what costs the district the most and throw away what's best for the children.

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Moteman

Feb-06-13 12:17 PM

RPG I have been saying the same thing all along. We need to keep the administrative, staff. They only account for a fraction of the total cost. Teachers and administrators account for biggest share, of the districts budget. survivor also is correct after the last teachers strike the teachers lost a lot of credibility with the voters, then there was the Owens affair. The problem is it hasn't gotten better since.

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RPG0340

Feb-06-13 11:07 AM

132 and 14.8, two numbers people need to understand! This levy failed because people cannot afford to live themselves, let alone provide for everyone else. According to Edison's website, they have 132 licensed staff, not counting adminastrative staff or bus drivers, cooks, janitors, etc... If the number of students is accurate, that is just 14.8 students per teacher. Yet they want to cut busing? Here is a solution, CUT TEACHERS! When I was in school, we had 20-25 kids in a class, sometimes more. People need to take notice of the proposed actions of the district. They don't want to cut their own (teachers) instead, they'd rather cut transportation. Levys are about job/financial security for teachers, nothing more.

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survivoroftheflood

Feb-06-13 11:03 AM

This crippled district's fate was sealed in Nov 2007 because of the strike. Disrict had no $$$ then,but teachers still chose to walk and get what they wanted. Voters remember that stuff. I hope they thought it was all worth it. Why wouldn't teachers an administrators alike ever consider taking a wage freeze for 2yrs? Many workers in valley have taken wages freezes.

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