As of Tuesday, March 7, 2017
It is time to vote on the school levy. Three years ago, there were five people working in the district office. Now there are nine.
Teachers and full-time employees, (those who work at least 20 hours) are paid over 80 percent of the school budget. Their salaries exceed the state requirements. They have 100 percent of their benefits paid and 70 percent of their family’s benefits paid. Plus, they get at least, and more, of a 5 percent pay raise each year. They also have opportunities to increase their pay using a career ladder. Only 3 percent of the school budget goes to sports and activities. Have you noticed how they use sports and the children to play on our sympathies? Our children are used as pawns. One of our better district administrators, Steve Higgins, will be leaving our district to be the superintendent of Kamiah schools. I wonder how Kamiah manages without a levy?
We, as property owners, have to make cuts to balance our budgets to pay our taxes and bills. It is not easy. The district has waste they refuse to acknowledge. Why worry about it if the money is always there? They are very capable of cutting back and looking for waste.
Vote no Tuesday, March 14.
Terry and Babara Raff