LPOSD’s Dire Predictions If Levy Does Not Pass
LPOSD’s dire prediction for what will happen if their upcoming supplemental levy doesn’t pass looks a lot like the scenario from 2017, 2015, 2013, and every other year before that. You could pretty much call it a copy-and-paste job.
A third of the staff will be laid off! Fewer schools! No more extracurricular activities! Families will leave! The economy will suffer! Etc, etc.
A couple of years ago the school board chair, when asked about all these gloomy predictions, categorically stated, “There just is no Plan B if the levy fails”.
So why would a district with a $35 million budget and some of the highest-paid administrators in the state (the Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer make vastly more than the Governor and the State Controller) operate without a Plan B? Incompetence? Or reluctance to reveal that actually a built-in Plan B is available?
Because they do have the option of reworking the numbers and running another levy as early as May. Plenty of time to come up with an amount more palatable to the public while operating under the existing budget which doesn’t end until July. So no layoffs or need for other threats.
And a belt-tightening effort would go a long way toward showing the public that we’re not just the perennial money tree for ever-higher salaries, bonuses, benefits, more employees and new programs.
There’s an informative website, lposdlevy.com, that will make you realize that this levy deserves a resounding No vote on March 12.
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