I received the Royall School District survey in which the school board is attempting to take the collective temperature of the citizens of the Royall School District.
I can’t help but be astonished by the apparent tone-deaf attitude that would be required for the school board to even suggest the amount of spending included in the survey.
To the school board, are you aware that we are in a recession heading inexorably toward depression? Inflation is approaching double digits eroding the purchasing power of all of us. On my fixed income, my largest expense is property taxes and the majority of that goes to schools - and the schools are always asking for more, more than $16 million in this case. The board, in this survey, pointed out that we are in the final year of debt payments and therefore it is obviously time to get back into debt. Where does this mindset come from? It seems to me that it might be a good time to hunker down and do with what we have or even reduce some expenditures.
Jim Roets, Elroy