As of Tuesday, August 28, 2018
It has always been my belief a school district is founded on the principle of giving your children the best education the citizens of the district can afford. However, after following the bargaining, between the Mountain View School Board and some of those employed by the board, over the past months I have reached a different conclusion.
After reading the Aug. 8 edition of the Free Press, which reported the Mt. View School District had a budget of $20,000,000 and Idaho County had a budget of $22,000,000, alarm bells sounded. It is ridiculous that a school district requires about the same funding as an entire county government.
There are some 750 students in the Mt. View District, which includes K-12 and excludes those going to private schools. This means the Mt. View District is spending $26,666.66 per student. No matter how the board splits the money out, the basic premise remains the same. All monies spent is for the benefit of the student.
Just a few more facts about this school district:
1 – The average income in Idaho County is $36,000 to $38,000 per year.
2 – 10 percent of the household in the city of Grangeville have an annual income of less than $10,000.
3 – The poverty line for a family of four is $25,100.
4 – 30 percent of the households in the city of Grangeville have an annual income of less than $25,000. Since a significant number of households in the district are below the poverty line, to spend $26,000 per student is beyond belief.
5 – The average tuition in the State of Idaho for a private school is $5,416 for elementary students, and $6,776 for high school students.
Perhaps the time has come for the taxpayer living in the Mt. View School District to demand the closure of an inept and out-of-control district, and begin sending their children to private schools. It is also time those employees of the district, caring more for their bank accounts and retirement packages than their students, be fired, and sent down the road looking for another scam.
James G. Huntley