In about 90 days we will once again be asked to vote on a school budget.
Every year we cry and moan after the fact. Well here we are and we have about 90 days to do something about it.
In the Seneca Falls School District we face decreasing student enrollments yearly yet district staff numbers never go down.
Right now Seneca Falls school district tax rates are 24% higher than Waterloo.
SF school district tax rate is currently at $27.24 while Waterloo is at $21.96.
A 24% higher school tax rate than Waterloo. (27.24-21.96)/21.96 = 24%
We must demand staff cuts. Scary but true, if the district cut 40 we would still be overstaffed. Why do educators get so many free periods in the day?
299 human beings collect a paycheck directly from our school district while our student enrollment stands at around 1300. About 240 employees are full time so thats a ratio of 1 staff member for every 5.4 students.
We must demand program cuts.
We must demand FULL DISCLOSURE of all reserve accounts!!!!!!!! They keep burying money in reserve accounts then in future budgets they say they are going to spend $1.5 million dollars on something we may or may not need but they advertise and spin the spending as free since it won't cost us any NEW TAX DOLLARS.
Last year a school board member wrote on this forum that until we vote down a budget then they will noy look at cutting anything. Even if we vote down a budget there is a chance that they can implement what they CLAIM is a contingency budget.
Basically they don't respect the tax payers and do what they want. This system of budget creation and basically pre-approval has turned the tax payers into helpless and hopeless beggards.
What can we do to stop their overspending? Where do we start? Do we need to start a petition where we demand a spending freeze OR cuts now?
Please lets get involved.