Edison levy passage would eliminate pay-to-play

The Edison school board vowed to eliminate pay-to-participate fees and to hire elementary teachers if voters approve the district’s May tax levy.
Anonymous
Feb 23, 2013

Board members made the commitment during a meeting Wednesday, citing increased elementary class sizes, particularly in second and third grade.

Edison Schools did not replace one retiring teacher in both grades this academic year. Their student-to-teacher ratio is currently about 28-to-1, but 25-to-1 or less is ideal, superintendent Tom Roth said.    

“We’ve heard concerns from parents,” Roth said. “If student numbers remain high and the levy passes, we would like to hire, possibly in both grade levels.”

Voters will decide the fate of a 7.9-mill emergency operating levy on the May ballot. Board members contemplated levies ranging from 4.9 to 7.9 mills in January.

 

Comments

tiredofthecrap

big deal!

bobshumway92

Vote No!

luvblues2

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Kottage Kat

I refuse to be held hostage by intimidation
I am still voting NO
Whining and threats.
They can do their budget in pencil
I do

Kottage Kat

I refuse to be held hostage by intimidation
I am still voting NO
Whining and threats.
They can do their budget in pencil
I do

bobshumway92

So they want all the taxpayers to foot the bill for all the extra carriculars instead of the parents of the kids

whopper2011

The no "pay for play" is great for families that have kids that go to Edison schools & participate in extra curricular activities, but not-so-great for the other people in the district who don't have kids(seniors, childless couples, singles)- VOTE NO!!!

Truth or Fiction

Your District has continually cut in an attempt to offset the reductions that all districts have faced in State funding. In eight years the cumulative affect to your district has amounted to $7million+ in lost funding(that means that more than seven million dollars has been taken away from your distict in an 8-year period). That's a pretty big deficit to make up but from what I've seen your district has done a pretty good job. Instead of throwing darts, why don't you work with them. Now that's a novel idea, a community working together for the betterment of the community.

Edwin Ison

Vote yes!

CAST THE FIRST STONE

your comments are all over the place. now vote yes..really

Edwin Ison

Not all over the place...if nothing else over the last few years I've been totally consistent. I'm also not so rigid in my thought process that I cannot change my vote. I guess at this point I'm willing to give in and vote yes.
Not totally happy, but if we want to keep our schools intact, a yes vote is needed.
If the school board thinks those of us who are switching to a yes vote are fully satisfied with their handling of the district, guess again. It is out of necessity that we vote yes. But there will be renewals coming, so be careful!

Edwin Ison

Also, it seems that a no vote aligns me with a certain crowd here that I don't wish to be on the same team with...lol
I am not a tea party freak....just putting that out there :)
Some of you no no no guys and gals are your own worst enemies.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

you are a wolf in sheeps clothing. at least weare who we are

Maggdi

Just for clarification Erwin: Are the 'no no no guys and gals' Chicken Little's or Noah's?

Truth or Fiction

Before you try and use the article to create another firestorm, look at why they addressed the pay-to-participate and teacher ratios in the first place. It's because other citizens in your community are concerned and brought it the the Board's attention.

No one is being held hostage! Quit trying to inflame the populace. As for those who do not have kids in the district, who would want to buy your home if you didn't have a good school system? Look at it another way. If your home is worth $100,000 in a good district, I bet you couldn't get $70,000 in a failing district. Let's see $250 dollars vs. a $30,000 loss in equity. I think I would side with supporting the school district.

kal-el

This generation of adults are selfish and lack any sense of civic responsibility. As if our parents and grandparents didn't pay taxes to support us when were were kids? As if they didn't struggle make ends meet? And taxes, esp federal taxes, were MUCH higher for them.

Grow up, people. It's the best school academically in the area by far. I'm not sure what else the school board can do.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

ok teach we will keep paying your high scale way..NOT

Filter

So do you stand outside of basketball, football, baseball stadiums and picket cause they make millions of dollars for mere weeks of work? Teachers, firefighters, EMT's and police are the backbone of this society...yet we wine about how much money they make. I would rather give a teacher a million dollars any day over and overpaid sports "star." VOTING YES!

bobshumway92

Vote No!

Filter

Your comment really doesn't have much effectiveness if you simply scream no. Why? Is it the fact that they have cut millions of dollars over the years, that their teachers are 2nd to lowest in pay in Erie County? No...is just that...a no...without something to support it.

Myhouse

Vote YES!

bobshumway92

Has no chance

Kottage Kat

I have cut cable, internet, my car died and I cannot afford to replace it. I cannot affidavit to pay to play!
Many fincoal reversals also in district
Tell what
They get me cable and I will vote YES
How does that sound to ya
Sorry using phone no internet
Oh and phone is prepaid
Thank you
Kat

Perkahontas

It sounds like you can't afford your current lifestyle, levy or no. Have you considered just selling your house and getting a rental? Don't act like the levy is the source of your problems.

Truth or Fiction

I am truly sorry for your misfortune but your misfortune is not a reason to destroy what took decades to build. It's not like your district is spending money foolishly. It's quite the opposite. You have the lowest tax rate, the lowest pay, the fewest number of support staff but yet you have maintained a solid educational system.

nosey rosey

Extra curriculars should be totally funded by the parents of the children who participate. No budget or levy money should be used for any of it. Time to teach children how the real world works.

tankman12

Hilarious post nose rose

nosey rosey

You must think it's hilarious because you aren't smart enough to understand that school systems are out of control and find that sports are more important than what they are actually supposed to be doing. Properly educated children would make a difference in this world. Winning a game will not.

Filter

My hard earned tax dollars funding well rounded students...GASP!

Myhouse

Read the article you are talking about $80,000. Without the levy the district will be millions in debt in just a few years.

Truth or Fiction is making sense from a nonemotional factual base.

As for teaching the children, the district has done a pretty good job of it without spending a whole lot of money.

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