Monday, February 18, 2008

Kenosha Unified: "Yes" for high school, "No" to increased taxes

Over the weekend I set forth again the argument about how the Kenosha Unified School Board and its administrators seriously flunked the stewardship test but now want taxpayers to ante up for a new high school.

The school flaks are pushing the concept that they won't have to up taxes for the new building because of debt restructuring but there's a second referendum question to increase taxes to staff the school.

Despite blatant mismanagement and failure to plan, there's no way to get around the need for a high school. It's not going to go away or get any cheaper. (And, by the way, it's not really a new high school as it'll be an addition onto Indian Trail Academy, a specialty high school where parents justifiably worry that expanding it to a comprehensive facility will destroy its unique character.)

But voters can send the tax and spend school board and their hired guns a message by voting "no" to the operations tax increase. Maybe then the school board will get the message about fiscal stewardship. Maybe.

1 comment:

Mad Man Mikey said...

Have you any experience in/firsthand knowledge of E-school students? T'would seem to me that movement towards E-schools - at least for many students - could be a lower cost alternative to having to build more and more.