To the Editor: State covers about 26 percent of BG costs
Written by Ellen Scholl   
Friday, 03 May 2013 09:14
The school board has placed another levy on the ballot. For many the response is "There they are again asking for money." Why, you ask? Did you know that state funding only covers about 26 percent of the school systems' annual budget and that number is going to be reduced? The rest of our funding comes from the BG Community. Approximately 85 percent of our budget is spent on people. We are a people business. Our doors are open to everyone. A private school can turn students away.
I read in the paper recently that there are businesses moving to BG. The first question most people ask when they move to a new community is, "How are the schools and does the community support them?" How will you answer them?
What will the future of this community be if we do not provide every child with a good education that enables them to go out into the world and become successful adults?
The superintendent, treasurer and board turn over every dollar three times before they spend it. We have made substantial cuts and will continue to do so. Our teachers did get a raise in the first year of the recession. This was part of a previously negotiated contract. However, they were willing to sign their next contract with no pay increase. Administrators also have not received base pay increases.
If there was another way to finance the loss of state revenues, you can be sure that we would be doing just that. By law, we have two options to finance our schools: state or local funding. Drastic state cuts have forced us to rely increasingly on local funds and to ask you to consider the children, their future and the future of our community when you go to the polls on May 7.
Ellen Scholl
Bowling Green Board of Education

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