I.C. schools need detailed spending plan first

March 28, 2014 | 10:51 am

I love the Iowa City Community School District, warts and all. We produce a tremendous product here. Students who avail themselves to the opportunities provided them have no limits. The teachers and staff at any of our schools would compare with the best anywhere.

The most valuable educational tool in any school is an educated, motivated and enthusiastic teacher. As a community we are all seeking whatís best for all our students.

As we do not have infinite resources at our disposal, it is not unrealistic or unreasonable to raise questions concerning the proper disposition of funds we have. We should make sure that every dollar spent generates the maximum return to our students. Human wants are always changing and never satisfied. It is important that we focus on true need and not a never-ending list of wants.

We need a clear path and a clear plan. It matters where and how we spend the money. Instead of air-conditioned garbage trucks, letís air-condition classrooms. Instead of school board members traveling to Washington D.C., reinstate our Home Building Program.

Approving unlimited access to state school sales tax funds before our paid consultants report back to us is irresponsible.

No, it is not unreasonable to demand specificity in how our money is spent. Thereís no virtue in squandering money in the name of children. Letís spend the money right the first time.

Demand a plan and priorities. Vote ďnoĒ on Tuesday on the proposed new revenue purpose statement.

Phil Hemingway

Iowa City

 

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