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The Administration has sent our dire warnings on how sequester would affect the Head Start Program. They claim 70,000 students would be thrown out of Head start due to the 5% reduction from Sequestration. Let us look at the facts: Continue reading
The GSA (Government Services Administration) is tasked with the job of maintaining all government buildings. We currently have 45,000 buildings across the nation that are empty or mostly under -utilized. The cost of maintaining these empty buildings is about $2billion annually Continue reading
Today you face a critical crossroads in your history. Will you continue along the path that you have maintained over the past four years or will you shift to real change? As your citizen, my life is a difficult one. I am a high school junior in a homeschool and receive little to no aid from the public school system that my parents’ tax money supports. Each day I awaken in the morning to feel less excited about my future as a young American. College tuition has skyrocketed and perhaps most importantly I have no guarantee of employment after I graduate. My Mom is a registered nurse and her unit has remained closed for the past couple of weeks leaving her without work. I am feeling the repercussions of your failed economy in my life.
As you are aware more and more schools are failing to meet Federal standard under the No Child Left behind Act. Each year the bar is raised a little higher. Continue reading
Becki Grey from John Locke was recently in Edenton and shared this with me and many others. I thought it was worth sharing the status of the promises the Republican Party made if given power in Raleigh Continue reading
There is a commercial on TV attacking the Republicans for the Budget Cuts and their effect on Education. The ad claims the Republicans refused to extend the sales tax The truth is not being told. Continue reading
I attended the Chowan County Commissioners Meeting on May 16. During the meeting, there was disagreement between the County and the Board of Education, represented by Dr Smith. The District is requesting an additional $750,000.00 to avoid any layoffs and also to avoid cutting program offerings. The District pointed out they have a fund balance and they have been using it to avoid any major effects on program or staff.
The real issue is over Staff and Program reductions. In order to fund the requested ¾ of a million dollars, the County would have to do some combination of tax increases, program cuts, or layoffs. In this economy, with high unemployment, higher and higher food and gasoline prices, the last thing people of Chowan County need is an increase in taxes or other people unemployed. People might argue there will be people unemployed or program cuts, if the School District does not get the funding it requested. There is one major difference between the School District and the County. The County is required by law to maintain a Fund Balance. Dr. Smith admitted at the County meeting, there was no State requirement for a School District to have a Fund Balance. I must state I applaud the School Boards decisions in earlier years, to establish a Fund Balance for “Rainy Day or Emergency” issues. There is in fact, some dispute over the size of the remaining District Fund Balance. The District states it is over a million dollars. The County has researched figures that run as high as $2.6 million. The District is planning on moving over $750,000 from the Fund Balance to support the 2011-2012 school year. Part of that money is a $250,000.00 “Contingency Fund”. Like last year, it is put in the budget for unexpected emergencies. With school year ending shortly, the District has indicated the funds will be transferred back to the Fund Balance unused.
If we take a conservative Fund Balance, there is enough money to fully run the School District for the next two school years. The District would not have to cut program or staff. Admittedly, by the 2013-2014 school year, the District should be out of Fund Balance. However, there are people estimating unemployment would drop by about 1% during the same time periods. A drop of 1% means about 11% o f the unemployed would be back to work, paying taxes. This means additional revenue to the State through both Income taxes and sales taxes .The County should see an increase of sales tax revenue through increased buying. At that point, the County should have additional funds to help support the School District. If they could not fully fund the District request, the District cuts might be less severe than currently projected. At some point in the future, the District could again begin to develop a Fund Balance for the next “Rainy Day”.
I urge the School Board to use their Fund Balance to fully fund the Schools for the next two years. Do what you have to do to ensure the quality of education in Edenton – Chowan Schools does not drop. Our children are this nation’s future. In addition, the Staff deserves your loyalty and your support knowing you have done everything possible to avoid layoffs and program cuts.
With the economy where it is, it is already a “Rainy Day”. The decision is yours.