REGISTER VIEWPOINT: We voted for this pain

The move to eliminate more than 13 teaching positions in the Sandusky school district could be just the start of a long and painful
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

The move to eliminate more than 13 teaching positions in the Sandusky school district could be just the start of a long and painful process.

Sandusky school board members have said they will try again in November to convince voters to support a new tax measure and without new tax money, additional reductions will be needed.

School Superintendent Bill Pahl and district Treasurer Troy Bouts both have said the budget already has been trimmed to the bone, and the only areas left to cut will affect the school district's core mission.

These latest teacher cuts appear to do exactly that, despite Pahl's assurances that the cuts would not impact academic programs.

Those hit hardest in this round are music students who will be attending the Adams and Jackson junior high school buildings, with the elimination of a music teacher and a band director.

It's more than likely the parents of these students and parents of Sandusky Schools students across the district supported the last effort to get a tax levy approved.

But residents who opposed the new tax have made a decision against supporting the city's schools. These latest cuts are likely just the beginning.

One need only look east to the Lorain school district to see what could become our future, where one-third of teaching staff -- 250 positions -- were recently eliminated because of a financial crunch.

Granted, the current problems in Lorain are different than what local officials face now, but the Sandusky school district could very well be on the same road.

A city with a failing school system will cause a decrease in property values in a proportion that will far exceed any cost of an added tax to support the schools.

We hope residents who voted against the May levy think long and hard before they cast another ballot against the schools.