District should rein in wages, benefits
To the Editor:
Everyone on both sides of the issue agrees that excellence in UA schools matters. The real question to be addressed is what is "excellence" and how much does "excellence" cost?
We have a long history in UA of supporting and passing every levy and happily handing the money over to the district. Yet per the Ohio Education Association, UA has the highest-paid teachers in Franklin County and the second-highest paid teachers in the state with an average salary and benefits of $107,400.
So this is how UA ends up with a high cost per pupil, comparatively. According to a U.S. News & World Report: Best Ohio High Schools, Olentangy Liberty and Olentangy rank fourth and seventh in the state and have a $9,599 cost per student.
Dublin Coffman and Jerome rank 12th and 15th with a $12,709 cost per student. New Albany ranks 18th with a cost of $12,138 per student and UAHS ranks 25th with a cost of $15,157 per student.
After the failure of the last levy, the district still expects the taxpayers to go along and pass this levy to avoid the difficult task of truly budgeting. With the economy stagnant and for the sake of the younger families and older residents of the community, the school district needs to rein in wages and benefits and not continue to add to the UA tax burden.
"Excellence" can be achieved without all the bells and whistles, salaries and benefits afforded to the schools. Based on U.S. News & World Report, "excellence" can and has been achieved at a lower cost. Maybe the UA district should give one of those school districts a call to find out how it's done?
Vote no on Issue 52.