LETTER: Perkins Schools need to show fiscal responsibility

The Board of Perkins Local Schools needs to live within its means. Spending over $1 million of taxpayer money on
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

The Board of Perkins Local Schools needs to live within its means.

Spending over $1 million of taxpayer money on laptops for staff and all students from the 6th grade to 12th grade is ludicrous given the treasurer's forecast that the district will be operating substantially in the red in the near future.

Of course , this means the board will be coming to the taxpayer for more taxes.

As an educator at the college and university levels for over two decades, I am all for providing students what they need in order for them to realize their academic achievementpotential.

Given resource limitations, you have to put your money where you think it's going to give you the best achievement results.

While it is true that some studies show a positive impact of laptops on academic achievement, it is also true that many schools are dropping the laptop programs.

According to an April 5, 2007,New York Times article, these schools found little to no evidence that the laptops had any impact on student achievement. They also noted the escalating costs incurred to maintain the laptops, among other issues.

It appears that investing in laptops is certainly no guarantee thatstudent achievement will be positively impacted.

Regardless of impact, our district simply cannot afford to make such a risky investment of questionable value given our current economic condition in which breadwinners are suffering real declines in purchasing power, are being laid off, or are losing their jobs.

The taxpayer cannot afford higher taxes.

John Cook Jr.

Sandusky