|To the Editor: Returning $17M to state not wise management||| Print ||
|Written by Jim and Barb Vollmar|
|Wednesday, 03 February 2010 08:33|
A shake-up at Otsego? I do not understand this recent headline. An election put three new individuals on the Otsego Board. As members of the board their primary responsibility is to establish purposes, programs and procedures which produce educational achievement needed by District students; wise management of resources available to the District; the Board (in its action as a group) must fulfill these responsibilities by functioning primarily as a legislative body to formulate and adopt policy which best serves the educational interests of each student.
These individuals took an OATH to faithfully and impartially discharge the duties as members of the Board. Their first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of students by basing decisions on available facts and independent judgment rather than succumbing to the influences of individuals or special interest groups --referenced from Board of Education policy
Long and hard work of previous boards of education to ensure the most fiscally responsible and best educational facilities for all students has been put in place by committing to Phase I (built an awesome new high school and auditorium) and Phase II by building a new elementary for ALL students in our district to be completed with funds and credits from the State (with no additional taxes to residents to build this school). This will provide consistent classroom sizes, a healthy environment, and will have technological advantages for students and staff and other fiscally responsible advantages.
Now is the time to stand by good decisions to provide our elementary students the same advantages we have given our high school/middle school students. Returning $17 million to the state (as was suggested at the last board meeting) is not being fiscally responsible. Losing this opportunity is not wise management.
Jim and Barb Vollmar
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