Tuesday, April 07, 2009

SCHOOLS DECISIONS

The more things change, the more they remain the same. In an effort to make distasteful items to appear palatable, they are given a new name, or reduced visibility.

At issue, the Wasatch School District, and their desire to reduce and eliminate the aids in the classroom. The issue is critical. The aids provide a service, that students need, and teachers count on, to provide an environment of learning.

A few years ago, the public voted on a bond, that was deceitful in facts, and short on availability of information. At that time, anyone who had done their home work, realized, with the exception of the District administration, the new high school, the most expensive in the entire State of Utah, could not be built for the money that was being talked about.
Those who asked questions, were labeled as anti-schools, anti-kids, anti-teachers and anti-education. It was a clear case, of trying to deflect the real issues, with sub-plots and slight of hand information. It even went so far, that people organized vast committees, filled the members with doubtful and dubious facts and spin, and it worked. The public, like a bunch of lemmings, rain to the edge of the cliff and jumped over. The school did cost, by tens of millions, more.

The issue today is connected to the new high school, because the district administration has now made it known, that bricks and mortar is more important, than classroom instruction.
The Wasatch District is flush with cash. They have received millions from valuations in the county. So much money, that district bean counters cannot, or will not give the public a clear accounting.
So with all this cash and the continuing push to protect, what has been called the “jewel building of the kingdom builders“, the move is made to reduce and eliminate the use of aids, in a public display, to show the district is prepared to make serious sacrifices to save money.

But, if the aids had no value, a safe conclusion would be, the district made a very good decision. But this move is morally wrong. It is deceitful and disingenuous not only to the aids, but to the patrons of the district.

Everyone should fully understand, this district has money, but they have made promises.

There have been many, who have suggested, that if cuts must be made, take a look at the district office. It is very interesting, the district administration has and continues to grow faster, in proportion to the growth of the district as a whole. This district went from a small three bedroom house, to completely filling a large building and occupying classrooms in various schools with so called administration and directors. It has also been brought to the attention of some, that perhaps, in some cases salaries need to be re-examined. Some, it has been pointed out, are way above common sense levels, and others are a slap in the face for how low they are. For those who have some curiosity on this issue, go to Utahs right.com. Keep in mind what is shown is supplied by the district and is perhaps about two years old, and therefore about 12 percent should be added.

The following questions need a truthful and realistic answers.

1. Is it necessary to terminate the aids in the class room?

2. Is the district short of funds?

3. Are there other ways to make cuts, if they are necessary?

4. Does the district understand the difference between bricks and mortar and educating actual flesh and blood .

5. Will the district come to their senses, in time to change this rudderless ship before it becomes stuck on the rocks of misdirection?

No patron of the Wasatch School District should allow this issue to be pushed on the back burner and finally allowed to disappear it, like the High School, it could come back in a few years, and make the patrons, wish, they never allowed it to happen. Our kids are more important than saving a few dollars, to enhance bricks and mortar.

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