From Joe Voskuhl, candidate for Harford County Board of Education, District C (Bel Air):
The editors of the Aegis have endorsed all of the sitting School Board members for election. I interpret this endorsement to mean they believe the present Board is doing a good job. Their support of the current Board is saying that pay to play, fourth tier busing, current salary levels, and now, the prospect of eliminating high school sports, is acceptable. I disagree. It is time for change.
The present Board has tried to put pressure on the elected County Officials by instituting cuts that place financial pressure on the parents. Clearly this tactic has not worked and will continue to meet with failure. It is time to work with our elected officials and make meaningful spending decisions that will enhance instruction without harming students. I propose a four step process to begin to solve the fiscal crisis:
Step 1. Meet with the new County Executive to determine which duplicate services could be combined to save both the school system and County government money.
Step. 2. Evaluate all non instructional positions and determine which positions could be eliminated. Also take a hard look at the number of educators in non teaching positions who could be returned to the classroom to replace retiring teachers and teachers who are leaving the system.
Step. 3. Implement zero based budgeting.
Step 4. Address the fact that capacity far exceeds enrollment in our middle and high schools. This action would mean money saved that would benefit the system as a whole.