by Lake County News-Chronicle
July 14, 2011 at 3:00 am in Lake County News-Chronicle
A survey given by the Lake Superior School District shows that many people are happy with the four-day school week enacted the last school year.
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I’m just using rough numbers here, but with around 1400 students enrolled, that means there are roughly 2800 parents somehow involved with these kids. And only 173 responded? And around or less than half the students? And no questions were asked about child care costs or financial burdens on the families? “-Overall, nearly 79 percent of teachers wanted to stay with a four-day school week. Student achievement was the primary reason, said 34 of the teachers who took the survey.” But the survey teacher respondents also said: “…19 percent of teachers reporting that students are doing better work.” And were there any other thoughts of asking non-teaching personnel about the impacts on their wages, benefits and personal lives? Let’s see a survey that really cuts to the heart of the total situation. I don’t see much real evidence of anything here, except students like the extra day off and so do a lot of the teachers.
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Good luck on getting a thorough and decent survey, Mark B. Its like asking a fox if he’d like to voluntarily leave the chicken coop. Also, now I see they’ve given themselves some borrowing authority to address their spending problem of around $998,000 or so. Taxpayers will be on the hook for the interest payments on that line of credit, plus paying the principal back. When will this board start cutting expenses, addressing curriculum changes, consolidating management, and raising their employees contributions to health and retirement plans? Or, getting more affordable plans requiring higher deductibles, etc.? Its what the rest are having to deal with! They have been warned by you, me and others of the looming possibility of a serious deficit for years, and they keep ignoring good business principles when developing their plans. Now the deficit problem is here, and state help does not look promising. I simply can’t understand what these people are doing.
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