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ELECTED OFFICIALS NEED TO MEASURE THEIR WORDS by Bob Shannon

As the school budget debate heats up and the newly elected members of the KW B.O.S weigh in on the topic, voting this past week on a approach that allows the B.O.S to channel funds into specific categories ( the measure lost 3-2) School Board Member Kathy Morrison made the public statement “we’ve done nothing to deserve this”, referencing of course the measures intended effect , to instill tighter controls over how funds are spent within KW Schools. Of course the defenders of the status quo will support Ms. Morrison’s statement, and setting aside the self -serving interests of those who benefit by current practice of unfettered spending, let’s take a look at it from another point of view—-the taxpayers.

All of 2015 the KWTP made it a major point to contrast the KW Schools spending some $90,000 a week more than Nottoway County Schools, with some 300 more students and 2 more schools than KW’s 4. This is a very generous comparison since our analysis excluded the 2.3 million KW Schools spent last year on just debt service ( Nottoway allocated $230,000.00 for debt service, 1/10 th the amount spent here).

In 2014 our group distributed copies ( Ms. Morrison and all SB Members received a copy ) of the Heritage Foundations report entitled “ The School Staffing Surge” which documents over a period from 1950—2009 the increases in the number of students ( 96% ) Teachers ( 252%) and Administrative Staffing ( 702%) This data has also been prominently featured on a number of our beloved yellow signs over the last year.

To date not a single member of the school board, nor the former Superintendent has said a word about the Heritage Foundations report. Many elected officials , to include members of the previous B.O.S admit to not even reading it . One might ask an obvious question as to why the side always advocating for more money and higher school budgets always gets an audience, when a contrarian point of view doesn’t even merit examination ? It is a fair question. Since the issue of the additional $90,000.00 a week that KW Schools spend above and beyond a system larger than our own was also so prominently featured all of 2015 why not any objections or push back from Ms. Morrison on that point ?

we’ve done nothing to deserve this” If Novembers election results mean anything, taxpayers think otherwise Ms. Morrison.

 

Bob Shannon King William

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

3 Responses to “ELECTED OFFICIALS NEED TO MEASURE THEIR WORDS by Bob Shannon”

  1. Tricia stall
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    Excellent points raised by Mr Bob Shannon in his letter regarding KW spending! Why would anyone call them selves a public servant and seek these positions of leadership if they are not willing to research, reason, and do their homework? Government schooling is absolutely too expensive for the majority funding it and should be abandon. Find teachers who sincerely want to educate and help them get Principle Approach Training at The Foundation For American Christian Education. Every community needs to open a PA school helping every child become a nation changer restoring our constitutional Republic. It costs less and reduces the burden on all taxpayers including less $$$ spent on failed govt school children ending up in expensive jails and prisons costing us millions! http://www.face.net

  2. Mr Green Jeans
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    With the new requirement by the state for a line item local government budgets,
    the folks can make line item comparisons between the two systems. Very Interesting!

  3. robert shannon says:

    Mr. Green Jeans,

    Thank you for making this very relevant point, something I was not aware of. Can you elaborate a bit, when was this passed and how will it work. Where would one find these comparisons ? Has Virginia Government a website this will be posted on. Tell us more please.
    Bob Shannon Central Garage

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