From Jansen Robinson:
The school system’s website indicates the following:
10 Schools under 70% Capacity through 2019
11 Schools under 80% Capacity through 2019
These numbers EXCLUDE Special Schools like John Archer. What would be the long-term budget impact if two or more of these under capacity school were closed/combined?
So rather than simply asking the County Executive (who represents the taxpaying public) to give them more money to keep doing what they have been doing, the school board needs to have a public discussion around the consequences of continuing to do business as usual. And parents, teachers and the taxpaying public (stakeholders) should have meaningful (not token) seats at the decision-making table.
However, finding a way to give all stakeholders a seat at the decision-making table may prove to be more difficult than closing/combining schools. Until someone of the board figures that one out, they will continue to make a difficult job even more difficult.
What am I trying to say? Remember the old saying that “Many hands makes labor light”. Well in this situation “Many heads could help make decision-making easier” and help determine the path forward.
Or perhaps their strategy is to simply kick the can down the road until the next school board, (comprised of 6 elected and 3 appointed members) takes office.