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

Kottage Kat

INFLAME THE POPULACE
don't have to
Are you saying these folk are sheeples who cannot think for themselves
Come on
I can read and so can few other folks
Do you not see the headline as intimidating?
This is my story and I am sticking to it
VOTE NO
thank you

tiredofthecrap

Pay to Play has been a joke from the start. First of all it is not pay to play. It is pay to participate. Paying all that money does not mean you are going to get to play... Unless of course you are the child of the principle or a coach. Again. VOTE NO!

luvblues2

The more you pay, the more your kid gets to play.

tankman12

Unfairly put. Keep in mind, most of the kids who play more are better because they were managers growing up and are in fact more skilled than others. Just being honest.

luvblues2

We will agree to disagree. Can't be anymore honest than that.

Outofwork

ABSOLUTELY NOT A TRUE STATEMENT....

tiredofthecrap

re Kat.. truth or fiction could care less if you were homeless and living in a box as long as the staff at the school keeps getting those perks that were set up for them decades ago. Time is up and we can no longer sustain them. They can cry and complain till the cows come home but we have spoke. Enough! NO!

Truth or Fiction

Tired-
So in summary, your anger is to be brought upon everyone's house.

I am not going to tell you how to vote in Edison. I see you are free with your advice. I will say this. Your district cannot continue to lose money and expect to provide the education your community has come to know. Before you decide look at the facts:

- 8 years no new money
- 8 years the State has reduced funding to your district
- 8 years your district has cut more than $3m from its budget
- Your district is running out of money

Your right! The decision is up to the people of Berlin-Milan.

Outofwork

Agreeing to staff paying into their own retirement and giving it back to them in wages is NOT showing good faith! CUTS are just that, CUTS aka LESS!

Kottage Kat

LETS DO IT FOR THE KIDDIES IS OLD
all I see is a typical Milan attitude of keeping up appearances
I am sorry for the school
I cannot lose my home for the kiddies
And many other folks in this district has suffered financially,kids will be educated,
Just need to suck it up and male that a priority
Sans extracurriculars

Filter

So are you blaming the school for your misfortunes...seems a bit harsh doesn't it?

Edwin Ison

It seems that finally the board has listened to me. I actually feel that the conversations with several board members actually had an effect on their thought process.
Elimination of pay to play allows me to afford the levy.
It's a yes from me.

Outofwork

That's interesting--- Isn't the pay to participate there $125 per child per sport (High School level) with a cap of $500 per family? The levy is 7.9 mill for 5 years, and even with that passing didn't the one article say they would be back in the red in 2 or 3 years???? Then what? Another levy? You people better wake up over there.

Kottage Kat

And they are as smart as I believe they are
VOTE NO
Do you even live in the district?
Are you a district educator?
I am not angry
I am a realist

Edwin Ison

I live in the district.
I am a garbage man.
I have kids in the district.
It's time.
Vote yes.

Filter

You are very negative...your only real response to all of this is just NO...no reason why...why no?

BlueAngel

Dear Truth.........MIND your own business.......no one can affored higher taxes to to satisfy the teachers.....so move along and stay out of our school district!! I AM VOTING NO AS I HAVE DONE ALL THE OTHER TIMES...

Myhouse

What we have now, will not be here tomorrow if we continue to tear each other down. The ending balance for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 (this summer) is a negative $74k. The following year, beginning July 1, 2014 the projected deficit of $2.5m without the levy. Beginning July 1, 2015 without the levy, the district is facing a $5.5m deficit.

Unlike other districts, the Board and Administration have been good stewards of our money.

It is time to VOTE YES!

Kottage Kat

How nice for you
What about those folks on limited income who are not are not concerned with pay to play
Just trying to make ends meet
Such a typical snovbbish all about me attitude
SO MILAN

Truth or Fiction

No one can afford it! Come on. You have members of your community facebooking that as they vacation in the warmer climates - that's why they vote NO!

You cannot expect your district to continue to take on unfunded mandates, reductions in State funding, as well as other obligations without funding.

I filled my car up this morning. It cost me $43. You are saying you won't fund your schools for the price of tank fill up.

Come on!

Fromthe419

Hold on for one second. So you are saying if someone has a choice of a family vacation or a tax increase they should vote for the tax increase? I'm on the fence right now, but that attitude will push many of those to the NO side. When people are making less, taxes are going up, food and energy prices are on the rise they should tighten their belt and vote yes? Stop the unfunded mandates from Washington and most of our problems would go away. They make the rules and make the communities try to figure how to pay for it. Heck, Washington won't be happy until they have 100 percent of our income. Sign of the times folks, Federal Gov't, State Gov't and Local Gov't are broke...their only source of income is YOU.

Edwin Ison

I have talked to many friends, and it seems as though this issue may be a tipping point.
I will vote yes this time... and continue to address ongoing concerns with administration and the board.
I am sure the board has finally come to a realization that things must change to continue to have the tough votes tip in favor of the district.
My vote is a yes. But I'll be watching.

Outofwork

Did you see that they announced the staff would be paying for their retirement pick up but that they gave it back to them in wages????? NOT good stewards of funding .... Once they get you this time it's in STONE for 5 years, you watching, won't make a hill of beans....

Myhouse

I agree with Edwin. I believe we are at the tipping point. I will vote YES but will continue to hold the Board to responsible use of our money.

Kottage Kat

The yes folks have kiddies in the school
When they are old kids out of school
See how their tune will change.
We are taxed enough.
VOTE NO

Filter

So who funded you when you were in school? When you went to school did you not have extra circulars...I'm guessing you went to school...but now that the shoe is on the other foot you turn your back to all of the students that are in school now? This is the 21st century...times change...prices of goods change...the world changes...its time to keep doing our part...

Kottage Kat

NO
NO
NO
NO
vote with your head and your pocketbook

Kottage Kat

Truth or fiction
Wow you have a car
Bully for you

I'm Done

I do have to say, that at least it seems your board is upfront. Try dealing with the Perkins board. They are not only spending money against the wishes of residents: stadium, computers, moving inside millage, they are now threatening major cuts to sports, teachers and so forth to get their levy passed to build a new building that would require another levy to cover operating expenses. If the levies don't pass? They state that they are still going to build.

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