Letters to the Editor
Updated: May 20, 2012 8:03AM
All in the timing
I am disappointed by the comments of School Board member Jerome Summers in your March 29 issue. Mr. Summers essentially told the affluent wards north of the canal: “Shame on you” for voting against the District 65 referendum.
I don’t live in one of those wards. I voted against the referendum for several reasons: Can our community afford a new school? Have other alternatives been adequately vetted? Why was the new school proposal bundled with the middle-school renovations?
I am in favor of neighborhood schools. In another economic environment and with more vocal community support, I would have voted “yes.” However, our current reality includes massive local pension obligations and a state that wants to punt unfunded pensions back to local school districts.
I also ended up believing that this new school initiative was overly political. The bundling of the new school with the middle school renovations was unnecessary.
I don’t appreciate the way that this referendum was handled. I hope that the School Board takes a long and hard look at its mission and code of ethics, and adjusts its approaches accordingly.