Deep-Seated Concern About The LPOSD Levy
I read with interest the letter by SHS principal Tom Albertson (although he doesn’t identify himself
by his job title) who fears that age diversity in the community will suffer if the upcoming levy is
not approved; that families will move away because they will no longer have quality education thus depriving us of the K-12 demographic and we’d instead become a recreational playground.
I fear the more likely scenario is that age-diverse populations, from struggling young families to the elderly, will be unable to afford living here if supplemental levies continue to pass at increased levels as they have for the past sixteen years.
As retirees on a fixed income who carefully watch our budget, we feel helpless in this recurring onslaught of school taxes. While we support high-quality education, after sifting through both pro and con levy information, we question if the need as expressed by the LPOSD really exists. The question that goes unanswered by the District is why a relatively small school district seems unable to live within a reasonable budget.
With 3600 students why does the District have 900 employees? Their levy flyer indicates that 300, a third of their staff, will be laid off if the levy doesn’t pass. To me it sounds like that would actually bring it to an employee level that makes sense. Citizens can compare the employee-to-student ratio of other LPOSD and other area school districts by examining their websites. It is very revealing.
Another question I’d like answered is in what manner is student performance helped by administrators who make six-figure salaries, some of which emanate from this levy?
Our resources are limited and we regularly have to prioritize our expenditures. I don’t get the impression that the District has the same viewpoint. In my opinion, they believe we taxpayers will be misled into thinking our school taxes are primarily “for the children” and will continue to vote for these inflated levies. Perhaps by voting against this levy on March 14th, we taxpayers will send a message of our deep-seated concern to the LPOSD.