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Proposed district budget carries minimum $500K deficit

April 30, 2013

While there has yet to be indication that mass personnel furloughs will highlight budget season for the Warren County School District, the picture still isn't prett....

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Warrengrad

Apr-30-13 5:37 AM

And for the third year in a row, the school district ignores the massive money drain--CENTRAL OFFICE. Why are the kids the first thing that is hit? What about the fact that central office administrators are being paid EXTRA to do the job of the shady super that left us high and dry? And what about all of the secretaries at central office? Oh, and don't forget positions like the grant writer. Why do we need a grant writer more than electives for our kids? The students and teachers have given for the last two years, it's time that the cost cutting burden falls onto the higher ups.

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Brazil

Apr-30-13 10:53 AM

If this Board President and this Board’s credibility could sink any lower we would find them being awarded the Nobel prize for Physics which would be a wonderful thing since it currently includes a cash reward of 1.1 million dollars. To hear our Board President come out and cry poor again a few months after this Board, instead of realizing a savings while the Superintendent’s position was unfilled, decided to lard $10,000 per month in bonuses on other top level administrative staff is galling. Our class sizes have increased, textbooks are falling apart, extra-curricular activity funding has been slashed, staffing has been minimized, unions have accepted concessions yet this Board and its President couldn’t ask its top administrators to share the pain. What kind of business, in serious financial hardship, and with mandate to serve the Public does this? Then they expect the Unions to make further concessions to help them balance the budget?

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Brazil

Apr-30-13 10:54 AM

While all this is happening we are asked to sit quietly while the Board President lectures the public on proper behavior and how it’s all about the kids. Really?

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garypayton

Apr-30-13 11:57 AM

Administration bloat aside, we are reaping what we sowed when we "decided" to keep 4 high schools open when we barely need 2. A selfish, shortsighted vocal minority whined us into this position. Not hearing much from the Ike crowd these days..

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justobserving

Apr-30-13 12:46 PM

In answer to Brazils first post of "what kind of business does this?" why, the federal government of course!!!! Actually, any that use taxpayer money!!

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Lifelongresident

Apr-30-13 3:15 PM

I love this! I agree with Brazil, Garypayton and Justobserving!!! I couldn't have said it nearly as well as they all did. Nice job folks.

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commonsense

Apr-30-13 8:50 PM

Just a short time ago this dysfunctional school district received about $375,000 from "Hold Harmless issue" then another $600,000 plus from IU5, on top of a 2.5% tax increase last year that was allowed without a public referendum. Now we have a 16,000,000 remodeling job that isn't needed to pay for plus an overstaffed Central office of 6 figure salaries (how many AD's does it take to schedule sports when the clerical support uses the computer. Now to keep their jobs they want a huge tax increase. We need 2 high schools, and a 50% cut in administration.

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Brazil

May-01-13 9:45 AM

utherjorge - A million won't help when you have an irresponsible School Board that during a time of massive financial difficulties decides to dump $100,000 in bonuses on Executive Staff because they have to pick up some extra work with the Superintendent leaving in which they tried to cover up the reasons for the departure. We have to remember that according to our Board President though that they were only thinking of the kids when they give those bonuses.

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garypayton

May-01-13 2:04 PM

Ike could NOT have gone charter. That's why they didn't. The Board could have done their jobs and moved high school consolidation forward in a fiscally responsible manner, but they didn't. Now we all PAY for decisions made with ego and not with intellect.

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MTOMTO

May-01-13 2:28 PM

Isn't this the same board that is applying for the exemption to the State law to increase taxes past a set percentage and not have to place it on the ballot for referendum?

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Grantland

May-01-13 3:18 PM

sickofit: you're absolutely right, the central attendance get everything: the new grade school you're raving about - 7 community elementary schools were closed to build that, seven. We have a middle school that I don't think any parent wants to have open that is getting 16 million dollars of lipstick put on it. We have a high school that despite popular theory is in as bad of shape as Eisenhower. This isn't about north/south/east/west. The school board and district has forgotten about all of the students in the district and made bad decisions across the board. Now we the parents of all of Warren County need to find a way to provide our kids with a good education and good extra-circulars to take a part of or this county is going to be a ghost town. You can't recruit people to move here if you have a terrible school system.

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01skyler

May-01-13 11:36 PM

The School Board should be ashamed for even bringing this up!( as should Central office)As I have said before on previous articles , THE PARENTS need to speak up. The school board is doing all this because we the people are allowing them to do it!! How much more are the poor kids going to suffer? The classes are already oversized with no one but the teacher to do it all. the smart kids are suffering , the kids that need the extra help are suffering. But hey, don't worry the School Board will make more cuts to staff& Central Office will get another raise. IT'S ALL THE KIDS? Right

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MTOMTO

May-02-13 9:40 AM

"While Corbett has moth balled the state hospital"

"WTO - August 4, 2010: In a move that means the loss of 41 Warren County jobs, the state has decided to close the Warren State Hospital Regional Forensic Psychiatric Center."

Corbett assumed the office of governor on January 18, 2011. So I would like the reasoniong as to exactly how he did that?

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MTOMTO

May-02-13 9:42 AM

And for the Rapp bashers in the audience.....

WTO - August 04, 2010: "The governor's most recent decision to close one of our state's most cost-efficient and effective forensics units in order to preserve hundreds of millions of dollars in newly borrowed, special interest discretionary funding... is absolutely insane," Rapp said. She said the $2.3 million annual estimated savings will not be realized because of the loss of "family-sustaining" jobs, an increase in mental health care costs and the number of prison inmates in Warren County, and the costs to county government and family in taking up the slack in the rehabilitation process.

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Lifelongresident

May-02-13 10:09 AM

Question then sickofit...

Since as you accurately pointed out many businesses have left, meaning population is shrinking along with the tax base.

Do you think it's wise to continue to maintain 4 high schools?

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saveourschools

May-03-13 8:45 AM

Sick, what does the central attendance area get that they haven't paid for themselves? We rarely ask for anything for our kids, many of the complaints I used to hear from the north were uninformed issues because they weren't paid for by the district. As far as course offerings at the high school level which is provided for, I say, duh, who has more students?

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saveourschools

May-03-13 8:50 AM

Right now, sick, our youngest kids in the ventral attendance area and our special education within the county are helping to pay the deficit. They are having this weight of our draining high school issues on their backs. 950 kids in a school built for 70. It was suppose to be built bigger but you can thank a northern activist for turning over the board and changing those plans. Not one northern resident would put up with what is happening to the central elementary kids or their classroom sizes. So lets hear how bad you have it again?

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saveourschools

May-03-13 8:54 AM

950-700, darn phone typos. If I was a parent of a es or as child, I'd be refusing to move too. Parents need to know that they can refuse and still receive services. We are 4 months away from a new school year and they do not have this adequately planned out. These kids should not be treated in such a way. Planning of the fly does not work in a circumstance like this and it is happening without board approval because the board has more important issues to deal with such as sports and band uniforms.

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