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.
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.