Spring, 2014 | ELECTION WATCh
Letters - Spring election - 2014
Siren referendum: what is at stake
With a referendum coming up in Siren on April 1, there has been a lot of discussion on what is at stake.
With the current funding falling $250,000 short per fiscal year, the district has two options: either increase revenue (the referendum), or cut the budget. The cost to the taxpayers would be $0.62 per $1,000 in property for five years. On a $100,000 home that would be a $62 increase per year for five years that would total $310.
Siren has already cut programs and positions in the past. With teacher classroom budgets being reduced (the tech ed department has been reduced by 33 percent since the 2008-09 school year) and positions being removed (guidance has gone from two staff to 1.5, and music staff has also been cut from 2.5 to 1.48). Several attempts have been made to utilize one principal instead of two. Many aide positions have been eliminated, and elementary positions that have been vacated have not been filled. Staff have experienced wage freezes and benefit cuts multiple times.
Even with the recent cutbacks Siren still has nine high school courses that students can get Advanced Placement credit for in the UW college system. We offer an in-house foreign language and many sports and clubs to participate in: football, FCCLA, dance line, basketball, volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, forensics, ice fishing and school play), as well as many other activities that help our students become productive members of society.
Please, make an informed decision and support our community by providing our youth with an exemplary education by coming out to vote yes on April 1.