Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Random thoughts on school board....

My wife and I were somewhat active in a few local political campaigns in 2010 - primarily on behalf of BOC and state office candidates. We also however, offered some small assistance in placing signs, making phone calls, etc on behalf of one of the school board candidates. After that election we were somewhat taken aback when "our" candidate showed up at a BOC meeting following along like a line of little ducklings following their momma duck. As (then) Watauga county school supt  Hemric led his entourage of teachers, boe members and other NAEA supporters to lobby our county commission to increase the schools budget by a substantial amount.  I realized then  that I had made an error in my support of a Republican candidate who had no more sense of fiscal restraint than any of the Dem candidates with their hands out and I promised myself that I would not make that mistake again. Too often the school board candidates are flying beneath the radar - It is my intent THIS YEAR to seek out the most fiscally conservative three and vote for them.


While I am pretty much a  reliably  Republican voter, I have never voted a 100% straight Republican ticket. This primary - offering as it does the non partisan school board choices - will be no exception.

Look through the campaign positions of the various school board candidates in the on line Democrat today (click here) 

I was looking, in particular for those candidates who might express the idea that we should look at more efficency in our school system, not just more money!

I found one who said...."...the problems identified are, for the most part, not related to the need for additional monetary resources; they are related to ineffective use of existing resources."  (Deb Greene)

Another...."I believe government is, by its nature, clumsy, inefficient and self-promoting. I assume anyone spending someone else's money is seldom as careful with it as he should be. And I think all levels of government should be more accountable to those who fund it."  (Dr, Fred Oliver)

One who, at least, did not mention going to the legislature or state for more money...." The recent recession is not the first one we have had, nor will it be the last. Several times during my career we were faced with difficult financial situations. During these times it is the responsibility of the Board of Education to make decisions regarding the priorities needed to ensure the basic function of the school system. This priority is to ensure that each student receives a free, appropriate education. The board must ensure that there is a procedure that establishes the priorities of the school system"  (Ron Henries)

 One who is at least open to other means of financing...."Try to increase funding in education with fundraisers, kind of like Chick-fil-A spirit night they do for each school. Look into other states that have used other programs that have helped students grow, prosper......" (Brandon Petree)


 It is my opinion that the first three named above are the best choices for our school board! I recognize some may find one to be controversial and I do not factor that in to my recommendation - I am basing by vote entirely on what I see as the need to bring greater fiscal discipline to the board of education.



And, the three Democrat candidates, ALL OF WHOM advocate lobbying the legislature for more money. None of them have offered any data showing that more money is needed, it's just the  talking point of the Dems and of the NCAE! Whatever the question is, the answer to a Dem always seems to be MORE MONEY FROM TAXPAYERS


Let's hope we can elect a school board that will look for ways to live within it's means, improve performance without raising costs, commit to improving our schools within the budget instead of lobbying for more money, and, most of all, let's get a board that runs the schools, not the other way around!

This Primary Election will be an important one - it will be the last chance for one candidate.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

BullCrap!

guy faulkes said...

Thank you for the thread, New Guy. Your opinion pretty much matches mine.

NewGuy said...

Thanks Guy.....Every single Democrat in the race is running on the platform that the will ask for more money.

I would think that, if I were applying for a job to run an organization, I wouldn't put on my application that I needed more funding - I would be talking about how I would increase efficiency and work within my budget!

Deborah Greene said...

Thanks for the recommendation.

NewGuy said...

Deborah....I read this article recently in the Jefferson Post...

http://www.jeffersonpost.com/view/full_story/18113244/article-School-board-expands-health-center-operations-to-include-uninsured-parents?

I feel certain that, if you were on the BOE in Ashe county, you would not be voting for the school board to be functioning as a health care PROVIDER! Am I reading this article right? Is the school board really involving themselves in providing free health services to "uninsured" parents of students?

If I am wealthy and don't buy insurance because I can afford to take the financial risks - am I really going to be covered by the free health care provided by the school system?

I wonder if those who elected the school board members in Ashe had any idea that they would soon be expanding the role of the public schools to include providing general health services to non students.

Anonymous said...

I you're going to make recommendations for school board, please first go back and check out the grammar rules for the proper use of an apostrophe with the word "it."

You said,"to live within it's means." In this case it's improper to use an apostrophe with the word "it." Perhaps you want to brush up before suggesting who you think should be in charge of our public schools.

Nobody said...

Nonnymouse,

What an irrelevant post! New Guy discusses the proper role and purpose of the Board of Education, questioning whether that role should be to provide health care and the best you can do is take issue with the proper usage of the apostrophe in "it's?!?" Does one grammatical mistake disqualify one from expressing an opinion on this issue? If so, notice that your post begins, "I you're going to make recommendations..." I'm assuming you meant to say, "If." I could use your apparent inability to properly spell "if" to disqualify your opinion, but would rather focus on substantive discussion than petty criticisms of small errors.

Nobody said...

The more I think about this, the funnier it seems. Are you arguing that, in order to express an opinion or participate in the political process, one must meet some sort of minimum standard of education and mastery of the English language? Isn't that somewhat like a literacy test? Are you advocating a literacy test to determine is someone is qualified to participate in our government?

guy faulkes said...

Do not look over your shoulder, Anonymous, but if is spelled I F not I. Be careful of rock chucking in your glass house.

It's is acceptable when using a contraction for it is.

So what? Writing on a blog is communicating with others in an informal setting. Did you not understand New Guy?

guy faulkes said...

I made the previous post before I read the two by Nobody, who made the same point. Sorry, Nobody, for repeating that which you more than adequately stated.

Anonymous said...

The funny part is that every time one of these a-holes has no substantive arguments, they resort to being grammar police. And, they almost always can't complete their post without typos, poor sentence structure and improper punctuation.

Nobody said...

Guy,

No apology necessary -- I enjoyed the glass house reference.

Deborah Greene said...

You are absolutely correct I made a mistake, it is "its" and not "it's". I should have caught it during editing especially since I make that mistake regularly and am aware that I do so. My apologies.

In answer to health care at Ashe Middle School, I am surprised there is a separate health care organization operating for the middle school only in Ashe. And, even more surprised that it didn't have enough numbers to support it and the Ashe BOE voted to increase the numbers by adding parents to the eligible group of health care recipients.

I have asked for more information on this organization. 1) It appears from the news article that it is funded by grant money and/or is trying to maximize the grant money available; 2) Was providing health care to students and teachers; and, they didn't have enough people utilizing the organization to qualify for the grant money so they added parents; 3) The organization only services Ashe Middle School.

Reading the article is like entering a room where the conversation has been going on for an hour and we catch the last minute.

No, it is highly doubtful I would approve of such a program. Unlike many who think we should grab every grant thrown our way, I understand this grant money is not "free" and comes from the same source, the taxpayer.

Anonymous said...

So Deborah, you are also "New Guy"? Interesting.

Jeff said...

Henries is as liberal as they come.

NewGuy said...

NewGuy said...

DG...I think the grammar lesson was directed at me but I try not to respond to anonymous posts...and particularly to those who apparently have nothing to say about the topic.


With regard to the Ashe county schools providing health services....It was almost exactly a year ago that THIS appeared in the Post..

"“The children of today are the future of tomorrow, so it's important to keep them healthy,” said Nancy Kautz, vice chair of the SBHC advisory committee. She came before the board of commissioners last week to ask for $90,000 in funding assistance in next year's county budget."




http://www.jeffersonpost.com/view/full_story/12917318/article-School-health-center-needs-funding-help?

Anonymous said...

Looks like Deborah Greene AKA New Guy has been busted. Writing a main page story under an assumed name and endorsing yourself? That, I have to say, is a new one.

guy faulkes said...

Anonymous, it is evident you do not pay attention. New Guy is an administrator for this site. Deborah Greene has announced she uses Inquiring Mind as a blog name.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous:

As one anonymous to another, I can assure you that Deborah Greene is not New Guy.

New Guy thinks Mr. Adams is a true conservative and is qualified to represent a rural district that Mr. Adams knows absolutely nothing about. (And Mr. Kennedy has his onwn agenda, which will not benefit this district either.) 'Just like the two previous district representatives over the last two decades that we were and are presently cursed with.

They only represented themselves and their clients at our great expense.

Anonymous said...

anon 1:20, it must really suck to be you.

Anonymous said...

Not at all, Anon. But it is very disturbing to see what has happened to my home district and county.