MAY 21, 2010
Three cheers for the Budget Committee 

To the Editor:

What's with the fear-mongering by the school department?  

At Tuesday's Budget Committee meeting, they repeatedly used loaded words like "emergency" and "911 calls" and "bomb scare" to scare us into paying for a fancy new phone system. 

How often do life-threatening emergencies actually happen in these schools?

Does each teacher really need a phone in each classroom?

As committee member John Burt pointed out, every student, much less every adult, has a cell phone.

Does every teacher really need a MacBook laptop paid by taxpayers?

Thank you guys for asking the tough questions of the school district folks.  I wanted to stand up and cheer in the Budget Committee meeting when John Hikel asked if new hi-tech phones actually improve educational outcomes.  Well said. 

I wish I had a new laptop.  I wish I had a new digital phone system in my home.  I wish I had a lot of things, but they cost money.  I can't afford all the things I want, much less all the things that a bunch of strangers want, people I don't even know. EVERYBODY needs to cut back.

Thank you, Budget Committee, for doing the right thing to watch out for taxpayers' interest.  We pay the bills, after all.


Mark Warden


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