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Edison levy needs support

January 12, 2014

To the editor: The Edison Local Board of Education and administration has decided to put a five-year, 5.9-mill operating levy back on the ballot on May 6....

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Richard67

Jan-16-14 11:17 AM

Rpg; Your posts should be required reading at school board meetings. One thing about you, you tell it like it is. It’s a shame local school boards don’t have a member just like you. You would make things interesting

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RPG0340

Jan-16-14 10:42 AM

Jobs are an incentive to move somewhere. You bring in good jobs, good schools follow. I could build the best private school, with the best teachers, newest equipment, and best of everything. However, if it is 200 mi. from the nearest employer, that pays a wage that workers can afford to send their children to my school I would not have any students. Nobody around here will choose Edison over other schools if it even is a choice anyway. Your kids have to drive to attend EHS, if you value education, you'd be better off to have them drive to CCHS. If you have a child that is an athlete with criminal tendencies you'd be better off sending them to SHS so they get free alcohol, hideouts, fixed grades, and a chance to pull that drive-by Thursday, and play Friday.

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RPG0340

Jan-16-14 10:31 AM

If I lost my job, and got hired by a company in the Shenandoah valley in VA I could not just say, "I'm not moving there because the schools suck." I'm going to go where I have to in order to make a living and support a family. Good schools are a plus but take a waaay back seat to other necessities.

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Static

Jan-16-14 9:08 AM

And a good way to prevent busniess from coming in is to make sure noone wants to move there by running all of the would be amentites into the ground. I'm sorry but to me your logic is completely backwards.

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Static

Jan-16-14 9:05 AM

well, people do that on this planet. I did that on this planet. I'm not sure where you live but you don't have to live next door to your place of employment so you choose an area/town/city close to your job, and a factor in that decision is land value and the quality of the schools.

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RPG0340

Jan-16-14 12:54 AM

On what planet do people move to an area because they have great schools? People move to places because they have good jobs available there. It does not work the other way around. Schools cannot survive off of a population that is broke, it just will not work.

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Static

Jan-15-14 11:49 AM

I'm EHS grad as well. I didn't answer your questions because I do not have the answers, so i'm not going to sit here and act like I do, I'll leave to you. My comment about feeling superior was obvious sarcasm. I pay considerably more in property taxes where I live, 3-5x more for a comparable piece of property and we have great schools, police and fire to show for it. I'd love to return to the district as well, but with your mentality there will not be a district to return to. BTW-I'm not saying that bussing was not removed, obviously it was. It's much bigger than bussing. And as for economics, your solution to protect the taxpayer by underfunding a school district, in turn causing it to close, is a great plan for increasing land value and bringing in new residents. You should run for office.

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RPG0340

Jan-15-14 11:01 AM

BTW Static, I am an EHS grad. I fully intend to return to the district someday. However, the more you increase taxes, the less people will want to reside there, the tighter the squeeze on their finances, and that leads to less down the road for you. You don't seem to have much a grasp of economics, do you?

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RPG0340

Jan-15-14 10:56 AM

So let me get this straight, my statements are completely accurate (bussing eliminated, students have to drive or find a non-provided way to school, buy a parking pass, TEACHERS PARK FOR FREE BTW, etc...)? Please explain how my statements are inaccurate? I then asked you a series of questions regarding the issues which you refused to answer, yet I'm the "misinformed blowhard?" If I were eligible, I'd gladly take a seat on the board. I'd at least see to it that the taxpayer was protected to the best of my abilities. If you just so happen to be the author of this letter or very close to that person, I strongly suggest that name calling and declaring your false superiority and refusing to answer valid questions do nothing to strengthen your position.

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Static

Jan-15-14 9:41 AM

Yes, I feel for more superior after saying that...seriously? After seeing your handle on this post I went back and read what you wrote on a previous post. So, I say your misinformed because the root of your arguments are based on rumor, assumption, skewed data and what appears to be jealousy. If your such an economist and expert on how to allocate public funds and run a publicly funded school district then run for the board and turn the district around. You act like the board's objectives are to take an easy pay check and run the district into the ground, which makes no sense since if the district ceases to exist then they will be out of a job. Quit being an armchair expert and do something since you seem to have all of the answers.

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RPG0340

Jan-15-14 9:31 AM

Static, I'd like to ask you this.

WHAT DO THE TAXPAYERS GET IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR TAX DOLLARS?

WILL BUSSING BE BROUGHT BACK IMMEDIATELY?

HOW WILL PASSAGE AFFECT CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS?

WILL THIS BE THE LAST LEVY THE TAXPAYERS HAVE TO VOTE ON FOR A VERY LONG TIME?

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RPG0340

Jan-15-14 9:24 AM

Static, how are we misinformed? Bussing was taken away was it not? Most parents that have kids that attend the high school had to either buy their kid a car, insurance, AND A PARKING PASS, so that their kids could drive to school and park there, drive them to school themselves, or find their kids a ride to school with another student. Is that inaccurate? Does calling us that disagree with you a bunch of "misinformed blowhards" make you feel superior? Please feel free to inform or enlighten us. It works much better than just calling us names and you won't even look like an idiot doing it.

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RPG0340

Jan-14-14 9:57 AM

Union contracts are up for renewal in 2015? LOL! Voters better take notice! Tell your board members to delay voting on a levy until after a contract is negotiated! Otherwise, if it passes the teachers will use it as leverage, they will get every comfort and demand their hearts desire and you will be right back where you are now.

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NoSupportThisTime

Jan-13-14 2:01 PM

Actual - Expenditures 2005 - 21.6 million Budgeted - Expenditures 2014 - 20.5 million

Where did the 7 million in cuts go???

Your expenses are increasing at a rate that is not sustainable, even if the levy passes.....

The 2 Million the new levy will bring in will not last the 5 year term of the levy...

The emergency levy that is expiring this year (2014)will have to also be renewed/passed this year (2014)...

Union Contracts are up for renewal at the end of 2015...

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RPG0340

Jan-13-14 11:54 AM

Say this levy would pass, what do the voters get besides higher taxes? What is in it for the kids? Will bussing be brought back immediately? Will the district remain operating in a streamlined manner or will they just hire everyone back, get in the same bad situation AGAIN, and need another levy to pass AGAIN?

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RPG0340

Jan-13-14 11:51 AM

In addition to removing members of the school board, they might also want to look at passing a resolution that bans the placing of future levies on the ballot. For how many years now has the Edison school district tried to pass a levy but failed?

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RPG0340

Jan-13-14 11:49 AM

If anything, the voters of the district need to replace the members of the current school board with people that offer real solutions.

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RPG0340

Jan-13-14 9:42 AM

Wait a second! Does Mr. Beatie think we the taxpayers are so stupid to believe that the reason busses are not full is because more kids are driving to school? MORE KIDS ARE DRIVING TO SCHOOL BECAUSE BUSSING IS NOT AN OPTION. PARENTS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO GET THEIR KIDS A LICESNSE, A CAR, AND GET INSURANCE, NOT TO MENTION PAY TO PARK IN THE SCHOOL PARKING LOT! Kids go to other districts because they are closer. Why would a kid that lives on Ridgeland Drive make a 20 minute commute to EHS when they can make a 5 minute commute to Toronto and attend class in a new building? Taxpayers, do not give in! They already took away your kid's way to school. Let the teachers and admin. endure some of the pain this time.

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