Frank Watts: Schools don’t need more money
To the Editor:Strangely enough last month I googled East Grand Schools and easily found a very interesting page which appeared as the “home page” for East Grand in the Education Bug website.Luckily, I printed that page so it sits in front of me as I write. Luckily, because I can no longer find it even under an extensive web search.The data I found was very revealing. What do you suppose East Grand School’s student/teacher ratio was? 30 per teacher? Perhaps 25? Or 20? How about 15? Wrong: student/teacher ratio, 13.8,, including elementary, middle, charter and high schools. How many students per employee do you suppose where shown? Total students = 1,338 and total staff = 179. Old math says 7.5 students per employee. Then I notice two “Pre Kindergarten” teachers. (not kindergarten but PRE Kindergarten).Then I recall reading that after closing Grand Lake Elementary School there was some “found money” which has yielded a budget surplus.This data might be a year old but still quite useable. My use would be to conclude that there was no sound reason for closing the Grand Lake Elementary School. We might have had to do without the PRE Kindergarten baby-sitting/diaper service. Or we just might have had to use that “found money.” In the worst case they might have had to use a dual-classroom system with two grades in each teacher’s room – 1 & 2 together, 3 & 4, 5 & 6 – knowing several successful folks who attended one-room schools it doesn’t seem unrealistic.I’d also use that data (and the fact that the board had been populated with two district employees) to conclude that no current board, or board appointee should be accepted for re-election. You and I should also conclude that our schools do not need more money (vote no on prop 103).I’d also very much like to know why I can’t find that data in my current search – too damming perhaps?Frank Watts Winter Park Highlands
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