Spring, 2014 | ELECTION WATCH
Letters - Spring election - 2014
Siren school board candidate cites priorities
I am a candidate for the Siren School Board who will bring eight years of legislative experience to the Siren School Board. Being a taxpayer of the Siren School District and having grandchildren in the school, I have an obligation to protect the taxpayers as well as to ensure that our children get a quality education. Siren School District has some of the best teachers in the area and needs our support for providing students with a quality education.
A school budget should give the taxpayers the best value for their hard-earned money. In these strenuous economic times schools need to look at every aspect of their budget with the main focus on teacher-student time. Rewarding teachers who excel in educating our children should be recognized and supported by the school board as well as the school administration and the community.
Recognizing teachers who have few complaints from students and parents and are educating our children to the best of their ability are areas where we should focus. More school spending is not the answer if the additional money spent is on overhead costs for nonessential office personnel and not on classroom education. I plan on looking at every area of the Siren School budget and if I find areas where the school can save money I will offer ways we can provide tax relief to our citizens. Being in the state of Wisconsin Legislature I saw firsthand how some schools spent hard-earned dollars that did not directly contribute to the education of our children.
Administrative costs have increased in our schools over the past years and scrutiny should be given by the school boards to make sure this money is not taken away from direct education of the students. Sharing responsibilities and resources in some public schools are ways many school districts are able to live within their budgets.
Electing school board members who look after the taxpayers and support funding direct educational activities is a way the taxpayers and families of students can have a say in the operation of their school.