Friday, May 4, 2012
Somerset County Board Of Ed Budget Crunch
Dan Kuebler has summed up the recent budget issues facing The Somerset County Board Of Ed on the Occupy Crisfield High Page and his comments are below.
" The subject of JROTC was “glossed over” with the message that $100K of USAF funding was lost. That was it regarding JROTC. I probed the issue and Miles was evasive, evasive, evasive. Probing continued until “please answer this question yes or no”. We will have JROTC units at WHS and CAHS next year as we have had in past years. Her response, “I didn’t say that”! Bottom line – no JROTC anywhere next year due to funding cuts, i.e., any funding cuts and JROTC is gone. There will be funding cuts due to reduced number of students. thus, JROTC units are gone! Miles did mention, that the USAF cut funding to WHS – I countered that USAF doesn't do that (not their policy), and she went off on some tangent other than answering the question. Made the point that rationale for ending JROTC units should include stakeholder and community input – again, she blew that off by going a different direction. She did mention a future possibility of one JROTC class for both WHS and CAHS to be located at the Tawes tech campus. We know, however, that once we lose our JROTC units we’ll never get them back.
Interesting points for year 2013 - if one does the math on data presented by her financial guru: "Administrative" salary budget increased 24%
"School Management" salary budget increased 30%
"Teacher/Classroom" (hands on teaching) salary budget decreased 15%!!
They don’t get it!! In all the meetings on the subject of student achievement, the community has, with one voice, said to increase instructors and instructional time in the classroom. Does the presented budget for 2013 provide this, NO!!! It reduces teacher salary budget by 15% while increasing “STAFF” (i.e., non hands on) budget by an average of 27%! Lord help us, Miles and her cronies care nothing for the input of the community – they will do what they want on their own agenda. Community input and associated meetings – all for show. When asked, she said she would put the proposed budget briefing of last night on the website today. Email your comments on the briefing to the Central Office."