While the common person is having difficulty making ends meet, and as the municipalities have maintained flat budgets, the RSU 16 superintendent and the arrogant 15-member paid school board are quick to justify $700,000-plus in radical new spending during a time of economic crisis for us all, as “for the children.”
• Are big raises for administration and teachers “for the children?”
• Are benefits including from 15 to 20 sick days annually “for the
• Are teachers spending less classroom teaching time compared to all other
area schools “for the children?”
• Are lucrative teacher stipends “for the children?”
• Are painful multi-year tax increases levied on already struggling
families “for the children?”
• Are our pathetic sub-par student test scores “for the children?”
• Are increased tax liens and property foreclosures reported in our towns
“for the children?”
• Are their early retirement options “for the children?”
• Is their demanded shorter than national average school year “for the
I wish these people would stop attempting to justify their appetite for personal gain by saying it’s “for the children.” It is not. It is for them, at our expense.
Since they appear to be slow learners, on Sept. 13, I hope residents vote “no” again for the third time, to irresponsible, wasteful spending and the resulting higher taxes. Maybe this time they will finally wake up to the reality that the rest of us have already faced.
Fred Walther, Poland