REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Margaretta not bullying, just realistic

The action and reaction are predictable: School district seeks levy, says cuts will have to be made. Deep ones. This
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

The action and reaction are predictable:

School district seeks levy, says cuts will have to be made. Deep ones. This time, all sports and all extracurriculars are on the chopping block.

Reaction: Those likely to vote no say the school district is bullying them with threats of cutting this or that cherished program.

Bullying? We think it's more likely Margaretta Schools are simply being realistic. It's not bullying to point out the sword of Damocles is hanging over your own head.

You can press the play button and get the familiar story: More and more desired and demanded of schools, and less and less to pay for all of it.

Add to this the new wrinkle of open enrollment, where parents can choose to enroll their students in any neighboring district. The usual incentive is the neighboring school offers something your school doesn't.

We have a state budget with some changes in the way schools are funded. Whether those changes take effect soon enough, and fundamentally enough, to help property-poor districts such as Margaretta is something to watch.

One thing seems certain to us, though: The school district and its voters will have to come up with some way to fund cherished programs -- otherwise, students and the funding that goes with them will leave. And that will only hasten what more people call the inevitable end of Margaretta Local Schools.