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North Putnam to send RIF letters

Friday, February 19, 2010

ROACHDALE -- A packed house at Thursday's North Putnam School Board meeting was on hand to hear some troubling news for the school's workforce.

Despite an overflow crowd that forced the North Putnam School Board to move its regular meeting from the boardroom to the North Putnam High School auditorium, no one in the audience asked to address the board at its Thursday night meeting.

Early on in the meeting Board President Andy Beck called for comments from the community. He prefaced his action by explaining that no personnel issues could be discussed in a public meeting. Adding that specifically meant no names could be discussed.

No one came forward to comment and the meeting continued.

On the evening's agenda was an item concerning a vote for a reduction in force (RIF) that was passed by board members.

Seventeen teachers will receive letters notifying them of the possibility of the loss of their position.

This notification does not necessarily mean they will lose their jobs.

"We're hoping people moving and retiring will meet that number," explained Superintendent Dr. Mary Lovejoy.

At two recent community meetings, North Putnam school board members and Lovejoy explained that if RIFs occurred there would be no mailed letters. They would be hand-delivered in meetings with administrators present. Reductions of certified personnel would also be done according the contract between the school and the teachers.

"RIFs would not prevent us from providing a strong educational force," Lovejoy assured the group at that meeting.

The superintendent went on to say that any reductions would be done according to seniority.

"If a teacher is laid off and is certified to teach in another area, they will be transferred to that area and can bump a teacher with less seniority," explained Lovejoy.

The RIF step is being taken due to the current financial status of the corporation. Lovejoy explained that a great deal of money was borrowed within the last year.

"In January '09, the board was asked to approve $6.7 million in loans. $4.7 million was paid back, but another $3 million was borrowed in June and $1 million in July. We currently owe $2.5 million," said Lovejoy.

She went on to explain that the corporation's general fund had $900,000, but the transportation fund was $127,000 in debt.

"We lost $500,000 from the enrollment being down. If we do nothing we will end the year at $2.5 to $3 million in debt," she said.

Other possible changes in the school corporation could include the high school athletic director taking care of the both the high school and middle school, reducing the number of assistant coaches in all sports and reducing extracurricular staff.

The board is also looking at reducing hours for instructional assistants, custodians and nurses by 30 minutes a day (15 minutes at the beginning and end of the day).

Lovejoy did tell the group that no changes in use of the swimming pool would take place.

Beck thanked the crowd for coming and for attending the earlier community information meetings.

"It's tough. We're still trying to do our best. We're open to any ideas. People can call us or e-mail us with any suggestions," said Beck.

Under the personnel report, the hiring of Stephanie Myers and Barbara Schultz at the Middle School cafeteria were approved.

The board also approved the resignation of long time board member Dale McGaughey. Applications for his vacated position are being accepted until March 1. Applicants must be registered voters, have lived in Russell Township for at least one year and cannot be a teacher or non-certified employee of the school system.

Letters of interest along with qualifications and resumes should be submitted by March 1. The appointment will be made at the March 18 board meeting.


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"RIFs would not prevent us from providing a strong educational force," Sorry but 30+ students in a classroom is not a strong educational force. Where are the administrative cuts or reductions in pay? Couldn't the high school and middle school share an assist. principal? That would save 2 teachers right there.

The corporation didn't get into this mess in one year and shouldn't try to get out of it in one year either. Remember except for one board member, this is the same board that got them into this dire situation.

-- Posted by testmet on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 6:29 AM

You would think that before any person lost their job or reduction in pay that all other avenues would be exhausted. What percentage of students play sports compared to the student body that is there for education. What percent of students that play sports receives a full ride to college compared to those who receives an academic scholarship.

We need to bring back President Reagan to bust up the teachers union. Its not right for the teachers to control the school calendars and the way schools need to do their day to day operations.

-- Posted by giveadamntaxpayer on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 7:28 AM

It's not the ISTA that is controlling the situations happening at North Putnam. It's administrative bloating. More money is spent on keeping the administrative, transportation, and maintenance/janitorial forces in fat gravy than is being spent in the actual schools. Did no one pay attention to the proposed facilities usage policy? There will be no schools & no teachers left at North Putnam soon. It will be administrators, janitors, and your children (whom will not be allowed to do anything outside the regular curricular hours without paying a huge premium). Ten years ago, North Putnam was a jewel of western Indiana schools, now it's nothing more than a sordid example of government fat cats getting fatter at the expense of a numb uninformed public listening to sensational media. Actually get your hands and mind involved, roll your sleeves up and get to work to save your school and children.

-- Posted by Hoosier Hiker on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 8:06 AM

As a concerned parent and some one who is in and out of the schools with my job, the teachers are already stretched thin as it is, They do the best job they can with what they have, we do not need a reduction in teachers what we need is one superintendant for all the schools in Putnam County this would save many teachers in the school which are needed more than admin staff, Other schools have only one Admin taking care of there schools why not us?

-- Posted by NPmom66 on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 8:11 AM

Many, many good comments. I agree, I wish we had Reagan back to break up the teachers union. Not, because of the current situation but because it keeps bad teachers in place because they have tenure not because they do a good job. I also agree with those who say we need to slash pay for administrators and consolidate all Putnam County Schools under one superintendent. Here are just a few more suggestions:

- Look at cutting sports programs. Do not cut out a sport but consolidate it. Do away with junior varisty sports. Sure some may not get the opportunity to participate as freshman and sophmores but they will still be learning and practicing.

- Get rid of the swimming pool. I still do not understand why a high school needs a swimming pool. I grew up in Ohio and the water sports held their events at the YMCA. No high school needs it's own swimming pool.

- Look at shortening the day by 15-30 minutes a day. That could mean huge savings on electricity.

- Allow the people who live in a school district to vote on big school expenditures. Once again in Ohio, the county I lived in had three county schools and was about the size of Putnam County, each time one of the schools wanted a new building or new stadium it went on the ballot and the people voted on it. That kept alot of the price undercontrol because the schools learned fast that the big extravigant schools with all of the extras was not going to get approved by the voters.

These are just a few other suggestions. 30 kids in the class with one teacher is not an ideal way for teaching and learning to occur so teacher cuts should be a last resort.

-- Posted by Heritage Lake Resident on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 8:31 AM

Good one HLR. Let's transport our kids for practices and events to the nearest YMCA. What a money saver since there is no local YMCA. ROFL!

-- Posted by kbmom on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 9:49 AM

CONSOLIDATE.... why do we need 4 superintendents plus their office staff? That would save a lot of money. How many times will this option be ignored?

Also the story says we can call or email ideas, yet an email address and the phone numbers weren't included?

"'It's tough. We're still trying to do our best. We're open to any ideas. People can call us or e-mail us with any suggestions,' said Beck."

Seems to me if you're going to run that quote you would also include that information. That's basic journalism.

-- Posted by annoyed_citizen on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 9:52 AM

Las_hahaha, I know that there is no YMCA in Putnam County.Maybe there should be one! That sure would create some jobs. My point was and still is that no one high school needs a swimming pool. Just think about how many teaching jobs could be saved by getting rid of the swimming pool and the maintence involved. Maybe next time you will read the whole comment and understand what is being stated. Just a thought!

-- Posted by Heritage Lake Resident on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 10:20 AM

RE: No need for a swimming pool -- FACT is -- there's already one there!! It would be an added expense to 'get rid of it'!! The idea of a Y in Putnam County has been discussed over and over many times (maybe HLR still lived in Ohio then), so apparently it has been the decision/concensus that it wasn't feasible.

RE: Hand delivery of RIF notices to teachers -- I've heard that those will be delivered mid-day and substitute teachers will be hired to cover for the rest of the day for those being RIFFED so they may leave early to deal with the issue! This creates the expense of paying 17 substitute teachers for 1/2 day unnecessarily!!! Not a good use of money when saving money is the issue!! A college degree isn't needed to figure that out!! GET REAL!!! I've never heard of any employer doing this kind of thing when they are cutting jobs! Save the expense and put the money to good use! The teachers already know this is coming and for the most part, know if they will be RIFFED or are on the bubble. All the teachers deal with stress every school day anyway. SPEND THE MONEY ON SOMETHING VALUABLE!

-- Posted by howsthishappen on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 10:50 AM

So how much does it cost to maintain a pool of that size? I have no idea what it would cost.

-- Posted by testmet on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 12:32 PM

Heritage Lake Resident---before you want to tear out the swimming pool, you should do some research about the teaching cost related to the pool, the cost of tearing it out and the value of teaching students to swim and perhaps save their life. You have 2 choices---start a fund raising event to build a YMCA, maybe all your heritage lake friends would like to contribute, or else go back to OHIO, since you think they are so more advanced

-- Posted by albert on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 1:20 PM

HLR - I don't know how rural it was where you grew up in Ohio, but here, the school at the high school may be the only pool some of these kids can ever go to. Many kids barely know how to swim before they get to the middle school and PE. If we quit maintaining that pool, that would only created added expenses in the future as it becomes abandoned and deteriorates. Plus, there is a great deal of added benefit to the school having it, that outweighs the costs, which have been determined to be minimal. If you had noticed in the last article re: the possible cuts, the pool was an option they were going to look into to see if the costs savings were even worth it - obviously they were not. The rest of your comments were very reasonable and doable. However, I would like to point out, the school day is already over an hour less than it was when I went to school there. Keep cutting back and the kids will be there for such a short day they won't be able to meet the minimum criteria in each subject.

-- Posted by snowboardermom on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 1:23 PM

Snowboardmom, the county I grew up in was very rural. None of the three highschool's in the county had a swimming pool. The main town had the YMCA and a outside pool during the summer. I understand your points about the benefits of the school having the pool so kids can learn how to swim. However, Greencastle has a city pool as does Danville both of which are within a 20 minute drive for most who live in the North Putnam School District. My main point of argument is that the pool should not have been built in the first place.

Albert, kids can go to Danville and Greencastle and learn how to swim. If having your kid learn how to swim is very important to you as a parent then you will do what needs to be done so they learn. I am a parent and when my son is old enough to learn how to swim I will find a place like the YMCA and drive him to his lessons or teach him myself! I do not need my school to have a pool so my son or daughter can learn how to swim. That is my job as a parent! A schools job is to educate our kids on the subjects of Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies and Science not teach them how to swim. As far as your go back to OHIO comment, I can only say this; nothing in my earlier comments did I state that Ohio was more advanced. I was just simply stating how school issues were dealt with in Ohio because that is where I grew up. I was simply making a few suggestions as to what schools could do to help curb cost to save teaching jobs. Hey though what do I know? Schools have mismanaged their funds year after year in the state of Indiana by building brand new schools that look more like college campuses, state of the art weight rooms, football stadiums, baseball fields, basketball courts and swimming pools instead of putting money back for a time like now when there is no money. Once again though what do I know! I am just a teacher who is concerned about others in my profession.

-- Posted by Heritage Lake Resident on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 2:23 PM

Get rid of the swimming pool! Come on! If you want to get rid of the pool lets not stop there, get rid of the track, basketball court, football field, don't forget about baseball, tennis, soccer, cross country, and dramatic play areas. It really wouldn't cost that much just let them set idle, then when you realize how silly this is you wouldn't have to replace them. The best all around answer is the four schools need to consolidate. You could also combine Middle School and High School Coaches and AD's.

-- Posted by Trying hard on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 2:44 PM

Combining AD's is ok but only saves 3 or 4 thousand.

-- Posted by testmet on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 3:49 PM

Bad news everywhere. I am from Ohio too and I keep up with the news from my hometown. Its about the same size as Greencastle but without the college. They are cutting 25 teachers and shuttering an elementary school because of cuts in revenue and debt issues.

Everywhere you look its an issue from schools to all levels of Goverment.

Biggest issue I see? Everyone agrees something needs to be done in regards to fiscal responsibility on all levels but no one can agree on the cuts themselves. If any cut impacts a group they fight them...the plan changes and the next group fights...eventually leading to business as usual....nothing. I dont have any answers for that but it can be seen on all levels of Gov in all states and the Fed levels as well.

If we want change its not going to be easy or pleasent for all groups involved in that change. I do see some really good ideas in these posts though, if you live in Putnam county you should go to all the school board meetings and bring these up...ie consolidation for one. They should hear these ideas in a public meeting and respond.

-- Posted by G-boy2008 on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 4:16 PM

Lets get rid of the basket ball court/gym.

-- Posted by Harmony Church on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 4:23 PM

WOW! What a tough decision. Good Luck. Lots of good comments too. This debt is big for a district the size of NP. Unfortunately, this is a step that must be taken right now. Laws and contract agreements drive the urgency at this moment.

Everyone needs to understand that we are now feeling the effects of the property tax freeze, and it will be worse next year if all indicators are correct. It is not just schools, but all entities that operate using property tax dollars. Great thinkers are needed everywhere.

Consolidate the 4 Putnam County school districts? It would be much more complex than just using one Supt. Could it work? Absolutely. Would the public allow it? I doubt it.

Community teamwork is needed. Attend any public meeting he local board holds and participate. Be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

P.S. Don't think NP will be the only district to suffer this pain.

-- Posted by cvilleguy on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 4:31 PM

At some point, it's not totally inconceivable that most HS sports are done away with or done outside the authority of the high school. I imagine the costs.. facilities.. coaches.. travel.. liability.. will become so high that it doesn't make sense.

Imagine county football... Putnam County vs. Hendricks County.

Point being, is it fair for the majority of students who don't play sports to lose out in the classroom for the minority that do?

BTW.. my idea is the kids go to school longer each day. You heavy up on math and english and you make those classrooms small so at least the students are getting the basics well taught to them.

-- Posted by conffool on Sat, Feb 20, 2010, at 12:27 AM

most sports are self supporting.thats why they charge at the gate.there is very little money that comes from the corporation.for example the football program at north putnam is a big money maker because they are winning.the fact is north putnam is in a financial crisis because the last 5 tears the tax draws have been late and they had to borrow millions of dollars to pay the bills and when you borrow you pay interst and that interest is the main reason they are in debt.If you have thoughts or suggestions go the board meetings and say whats on your mind.by the way there is a board vacancy in russell township and the jackson township will be up in december so if you think you have all the answers run for the school board and put your money where your mouth is.

-- Posted by country182 on Sat, Feb 20, 2010, at 9:36 AM

If you add up the revenue generated from ticket sales at a swim meet (do they even charge for that?) there is no way that adds up to the coaches fee ($1K to $2K) the upkeep of the facilities, the equipment, and transportation to all the meets.

And football being a "big money maker" is a relative statement. At the University of Alabama, football is a big money maker. Ticket sales to 5 or 6 home games a year. Back out the coaches salaries.. back out players' equipment, practice equipment, and transportation to all the road games and I bet if things are going great, football is in the black.

Golf.. track.. cross country.. tennis.. volleyball.. all of those need coaches and equipment and transportation and I'm pretty sure there aren't huge paying galleries of fans at the North Putnam/Greencastle golf match last fall.

Facilities upkeep certainly comes from the school budget and all the other costs come from the athletic department budget. I imagine that is coming from the overall general fund as well.

-- Posted by conffool on Sat, Feb 20, 2010, at 10:41 AM

every school that has sports has head coaches that are paid.that is a given.ticket sales from every sport goes into one fund that money is used to buy equipment,uniforms etc.. the football program is actually funding not only football but swimming,golf,soccer and hopefully one day the basketball program can back on track and start generating some revenue. what we need now in these tough times are parents to step forward and start volunteering more. if enough parents would come forward we could transport every team to there respective contests and not have to use the school buses.north putnam has been very conservative with spending for the last 15 years. we dont have the big fancy gold plated schools such as carmel noblesville plainfield if we did everyone would be complaining about high taxes. the taxes in north putnam district are probably close to the lowest in the state and maybe the country.

-- Posted by country182 on Sat, Feb 20, 2010, at 12:18 PM

One comment here needs clarification...Bad teachers are not protected by the teachers' union. They do not want below standard teachers in the classroom either, it casts a shadow all teachers. Teachers who are not performing up to acceptable levels, must be put on an assistance plan. That takes an administrator who is willing and has the expertise to sit with the teacher and help them improve. Guidelines are set and if the teacher does does not meet those guidelines, they can be let go. It doesn't matter if they've been there 3 years or 30 years.

The other issue that is not getting enough time is that this situation is being created by the recession and our our legislators. The governor himself doesn't want teachers to be laid off, but he's not willing to dip into the rainy day fund to help, no is he willing to stop the 'bonuses' given out to some state employees, it's my understanding that there is $3 million set aside for bonuses. That wold save all 17 positions at NP & several somewhere else. It is projected that about 5000 teachers in Indiana will lose their jobs. WRITE TO YOUR LEGISLATORS AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO WORK ACROSS PARTY LINES TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE FOR OUR CHILDREN NOW AND FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR STATE.

-- Posted by Old Cougar Fan on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 8:34 AM

You think doing away with sports will help the budget issue? It could actually hurt it. Several of these students only stay in high school simply because of the sport they play. Take that away and many of these students may very well quit school. That would certainly solve the large class size issue wouldn't it. I am saying this as a former NP athlete. For HLR, making parents or buses travel to Greencastle or Danville for swimming would not help. Have you seen the cost of swimming lessons at these pools? Probably not since the club house has one. Not all parents can afford to take their kids or pay for their kids to take these lessons. Also, we are not the only school in the state that has a pool and we would not save that much money.

-- Posted by cproctor1979 on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 9:48 AM

First off the property tax freeze is not a freeze, it is a cap on property taxes. Secondly, I don't think it is even in effect yet. As assessed values go up, property tax revenues will also go up. Has anyone's assessed property value went down in the last 30 years? The average high school student graduates with an eighth grade reading and comprehension level, so what does that say about teaching and the money spent thereon?

One county school administration, joint sports facilities, etc. The cuts are there, they just won't be convenient for everyone.

-- Posted by exhoosier2 on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 11:34 AM

Cproctor1979, I thought you went to school to get an education? Student's will quit school if they don't have sports? That's the most asnine thing I have ever heard. If that is really the case then the health of education in Putnam County and this country is much worse than anyone could imagine. Furthermore, the lake does not have a pool because they did not maintain it. They are attempting to raise my homeowners dues to get a new one put in and I disagree with that. Once again if a parent want's their child to learn how to swim they will find a way. My taxpayer dollars go to education so teachers can teach Math, English, Writing, Social Studies and Science not to teach kids how to swim.

Exhoosier2 well said!!!

-- Posted by Heritage Lake Resident on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 2:43 PM

Hoosier Hiker - are you kidding me? You lump administration and janitors/maintenance together as fat cats!!!!! Those janitors are hourly employees most who have worked for the school for years, getter meager increases as inflation hits everyone's pocket book. Hourly workers don't always get raises on an annual basis, they don't have a contract to protect them! Let alone the cost of health insurance they need to carry. Maybe we should eliminate them have teachers start cleaning their own classrooms and picking up toxic spills, how about all the work they do during the summer!! You should be ashamed of yourself!!! Janitors are there when no one else is, sanitizing the school, doing yard work and everything other job that no one else would do for any wage!

Regarding consolidation, I hear only the school boards can initiate that process. How do we get ALL county school boards to do that? Great idea but how do we get it started outside of comments to the banner?

-- Posted by SamHill on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 6:58 AM

Hoosier Hiker - are you kidding me? You lump administration and janitors/maintenance together as fat cats!!!!! Those janitors are hourly employees most who have worked for the school for years, getter meager increases as inflation hits everyone's pocket book. Hourly workers don't always get raises on an annual basis, they don't have a contract to protect them! Let alone the cost of health insurance they need to carry. Maybe we should eliminate them have teachers start cleaning their own classrooms and picking up toxic spills, how about all the work they do during the summer!! You should be ashamed of yourself!!! Janitors are there when no one else is, sanitizing the school, doing yard work and everything other job that no one else would do for any wage!

Regarding consolidation, I hear only the school boards can initiate that process. How do we get ALL county school boards to do that? Great idea but how do we get it started outside of comments to the banner?

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I heard it was the boards as well. I would imagine a group would need created of Putnam County residents to show up at North Put, South Put, Greencastle and Cloverdales meetings..all the meetings.. and push the issue as well as push the Banner Graphic to report on this agenda.

I just read an article out of Ohio that has to do with a state endorsed group reporting on getting them back on their feet, how and future growth. Most of the ideas were related to streamlining gov on all levels but what caught my eye? Consolidate school districts in the state by a 3rd!!! Daniels is not the only one that knows this needs to happen here in Indiana...just seems like we're always the last state to act.

-- Posted by G-boy2008 on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 3:01 PM

HLR, I did go to school to get an education and I did get one. I graduated from NP as well as Purdue. This does not mean that other students do not stay in school specifically for the sports they play. I have a step brother that would have quit school if not for the coaches and staff that worked with him to keep his grades up so he was eligible to play football. Many students are the exact same way as he was. Many students need the push that having an extracurricular activity gives them to maintain their grades to remain eligible. Without these activities, they may very well feel that school is not important to them is what I am saying. These athletes do fundraisers and things throughout the year to help with their expenses. Maybe some other avenues should be explored before we start doing away with something that the children enjoy. I'm not saying you don't have some valid points, but I don't agree with doing away with sports or the swimming pool. Sports may be the only way some of these kids have of going to college or being able to afford college. We should not be so quick to want to do away with that opportunity for these kids.

-- Posted by cproctor1979 on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 7:55 PM

Cproctor, I understand what you are saying about some kids needing an extra push. However, at this point in time everything needs to be looked at including extracurricular activities which are just that extracurricular. I am not saying do away with all sports but I see nothing wrong with doing away with sports that do not make the school money. I also disagree with the fact that some of these kids need these sports to go to college because some will not be able to afford to go otherwise. There are plenty of avenues for someone to look at in terms of financial aid in getting money for school. Now, if we want to talk about the cost of college maybe Obama and his cronies many of which are college professors and deans should look at cutting their budgets and overhead cost to make college affordable for everyone. Not much chance of that happening though!!

-- Posted by Heritage Lake Resident on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 9:45 AM

Lets get this straight cut sport activities and study? Has anyone seen our children as they gain weight and eat unhealthy. Cutting sports and/or swimming is unwise for that reason. Being wiser with our money is where it at. Combining school would merit looking in to but logically this county is to big for one school. Having 3 would be better as cutting the county into thirds so that a bus ride for students wouldn't take longer. And as sports go we faced this as smaller schools long ago combined .ex Bainbridge,Roachdale, and Russellville did to make North Putnam. We lost teams then but gain what we have now.It is the cost of operating this system that needs looking into. Just make sure the students get what they need to live in this world. Not all of us will ever attend college or go to NFL but need to know how to read, write, and do math.

-- Posted by exac1e on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 8:30 PM

Exac1e, overweight kids are the fault of parents or genetics. Some people are just obese because of genes. However, with that said maybe if parents stop buying their kids all the latest X-Box games and turning off the TV and telling their kids to go out and play, so many kids would not be overweight. Once again the arguments for not cutting a sport are not that strong. I go back to an earlier argument and that is if a sport is not making the school money cut it! Once the economy turns back around then you can look at adding those sports again. It is not fair nor correct to jeopordize the education of all to keep a sport that less than 20 may play. The numbers just do not add up.

-- Posted by Heritage Lake Resident on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 2:09 PM

I am a graduate and now parent to 2 children in North Putnam. Normally I don't comment, but I felt the need to after reading some of the other comments.

First, I agree that overweight children are the fault of their upbringing. Look at most overweight children's parents and you will probably see that they are overweight too. I don't buy into the genetics excuse. That is just another way for someone to say it's not their fault. Take responsibilty for your own actions and choices!

Having said that, you have to realize that while many of our children are fortunate to have caring loving parents, some of the children in this school district don't have that benefit. This is why having after school programs, including sports, is so beneficial to the kids! This isn't the only reason these programs are beneficial either. After school activities build character, confidence, teamwork skills, and the list goes on....Taking these away from the students is doing them an injustice.

As for the school losing money to some of these sports in equipment, uniforms, etc., that is not the case. I paid for my son's uniform, cap, goggles, and shirt. None of that came from the school. The only thing provided was a pool, that was built a long time ago so stop complaining, a coach, and transportation to meets. I would be more than happy to carpool all the kids to meets, but I'm not sure if it would be allowed by the school. Many of the other "small" sports have minimal money spent on them. Track and cross country used to use the same uniforms And those uniforms were used MULTIPLE years!

Leave our kid's after school activities alone-they aren't the reason the school is in debt.

Let's look instead at things like pay cuts, and consolidating some areas before we lose more of our teachers! I like what Greencastle has done. They are also facing cuts, but they gathered a group of parents, staff, and admin to look at what they could cut. They then took their ideas to the superintendent! I don't know about everyone else, but I feel like it isn't going to matter what any of us say because the school board and superintendent have already decided what they are going to do without our input....

-- Posted by brown99 on Thu, Mar 11, 2010, at 7:53 PM


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