Saturday, May 23, 2009

Send in the clowns.

In the most recent edition of the Observer Tribune, Theodore Baldwin of Fairview Road claims I (KN) "very publicly supported and endorsed a $25 fee (for middle school sports/activities) in 2006." In another letter, Wayne Garrett of Middle Valley Road claims I (KN) "thought sports fees were a wonderful idea".

Lord knows who actually wrote these letters, but their premise is totally off base. In 2006, I drafted a recommendation and voted in favor of a $305K reduction in the 2006-2007 school tax levy. The reduction included funds targeted for middle school athletics/activities. The resolution passed by a 4-1 vote with only Committeeman Ken Short voting no. Ken stated his objection centered on the elimination of middle school sports programs that could possibly lead to the imposition of fees.

Contrary to Mr. Baldwin's claim, I made no public plea for the BOE to institute any fees. If he has any evidence of me doing so, by all means please step out of the shadows and present it. Quite frankly, I would have preferred the BOE simply eliminate the programs as they were not part of a "core" public education, which taxpayers have a responsibility to fund. That being said, the decision to keep the programs and impose the $25 fee was by unanimous vote of the BOE.

In the future, I suggest these clowns try reading what someone sticks in front of their face before signing it.

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