Levy opponents do care about schools
To the Editor:
In the April 4 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News, school board president Robert Arkin is quoted a number of times related to the personnel cuts proposed by the board. Before writing this letter, I confirmed with the leadership of EducateUA that Mr. Arkin has never been in contact with the anti-levy group, yet makes some erroneous citations related to the loss suffered in the November 2012 election.
Had he sought out those opposed to the school levy, he would have found out that the comparisons of spending per pupil are driven by the board's decision to pay double retirements for 27 administrators, double-dipping without any cost savings, and a compensation package that exceeded the market by as much as 40 percent, clearly stated in the EducateUA website.
None of these items were addressed as part of the current restructuring.
Did Mr. Arkin attend the meeting in the UA Library prior to the campaign when Dr. Weaver stated that a loss in this campaign would result in no less money being collected or paid to the district? I was in that audience at that same meeting when Dr. Weaver said he was retiring with a very lucrative retirement package and "getting out while the getting was good."
To characterize the decisions the board is making as addressing the "entirely misleading" statements made by the "It's OK to Say No" campaign is dangerous. I'd urge Mr. Arkin to open the lines of communication with EducateUA and provide himself with an opportunity to understand the resistance he faced in November. I'm sure he'll find, as I did, that these are responsible citizens with a deep concern for the schools.