|BG resident comments on Kasich’s proposed fund cuts to county education service centers|
|Written by Sally Medbourn Mott|
|Wednesday, 13 March 2013 10:06|
To the Editor:
Recent articles in the Sentinel-Tribune (March 5, pages 1 and 7) report that Governor Kasich plans to cut millions statewide from the Educational Service Centers (ESC).
Under Kasich’s plan, “ . . . state money going to the Centers would instead go (directly) to the local school districts” and “changes would be made to the way the Centers’ governing boards are structured.”
According to budget spokesman Jim Lynch, “Kasich believes local school districts (rather than the Centers) are in the best position to determine their needs. . . and to make decisions.” ) Hopefully, $500,000 buyouts of ESC employees who are “let go” for cause would no longer be allowed.)
The superintendent of the WCESC (Wood County Educational Service Center) says that Kasich’s plan would cut the WCESC by about 57%, or $170,000.
It would be nice if the WCESC could recoup this $170,000 from the June, 2011 $500,000 buyout of a WCESC superintendent who was let go for refusing to follow the Board’s directions. But, alas, probably not going to happen.
(The rationalization that the magnanimous $500,000 buyout was “free grant money” does not seem to be correct. Grant money is not free. If the ESC program is publicly funded locally, at the state level, or federally [in whatever form: grants, stimulus money, taxes, etc.] the funds come either directly or indirectly from the taxpaying public.)
Sally Medbourn Mott
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