I am a sophomore at Edward Little High School. I have been following the school budget approval process between the School Committee and the City Council and I am outraged with what is happening.
It is ridiculous that some city councilors fail to see the value of education in Auburn. The original 2011-2012 budget submitted by the School Committee included a 5.1 percent increase in this year’s budget, amounting to about an extra $1.8 million, or a tax increase of $85 on homes valued at $160,000. That comes out to about 23 cents a day.
Isn’t a child’s education worth an extra 23 cents a day?
How can the four city councilors who voted this budget down tell any student or teacher that the education of a child is not worth a quarter a day?
Why are we not worth it?
Do they not want us to get the best education possible?
The decision has a huge impact on our education today and a lasting impact on the lives of every Auburn student who will receive a lesser education due to the drastic cuts the councilors have forced the School Committee to make.
I can’t vote, but the parents of Auburn children can. They should vote against the school budget referendum on May 17 and indicate that the budget is too low.
The four city councilors must realize that the public doesn’t agree with them.
We are worth an extra 23 cents a day.
Zachary Tannenbaum, Auburn