To the Editor: Elmwood should stop asking for more money
Written by Harry Reynolds   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 11:08
Thank you Elmwood B.O.E. for listening to the voters about a forever tax. Now listen to what we say of "every opportunity." When I asked Superintendent Borton if voters can say no, he said yes but Board President King said he is going to give us "every opportunity to say yes" regardless of election costs. To some, "every opportunity" is like twisting your arm until you say uncle. Maybe you should show the voters some respect and let a few elections pass by until the tax is about the expire.
Superintendent Borton says the budget will be at a $125,000 deficit this year. The Board is accountable for over $119,000 for the sports complex renovation this year. Does anyone see a connection? A couple of years ago Superintendent Borton said he could pay for the renovation with the money saved by not replacing five employees. Now President King says they hired three of those employees. Who should I believe and when?
If this renewal of new tax dollars is passed, will three board members decide to spend education dollars on an expansion of the sports complex with a 9 hole golf course, swimming pool or soccer fields or will the voting tax payers make that decision?
At the recent board meeting Superintendent Borton tried to explain the State Board grade of the Elmwood School District. He was most interested in how we compared with like schools. That is a good approach, but I would also like to know how we compare with districts that have the same approach to sports that Elmwood has. After all that was the excuse why we needed an all weather track, every other school had one. With that in mind, I will also be curious as to how our educational grades progress as a result of the $1.7 million sports complex renovation. We have several sports championship banners. I wonder how many educational championships we have earned.
Harry Reynolds

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