To the edtior:
To the edtior:
In November 2009, the South-Western City School District taxpayers passed an operating levy. The school board in its next meeting proceeded to slap the taxpayer in the face by giving superintendent Bill Wise a $4,000 bonus, and he slapped our other cheek by accepting it — this after the board and the administration said the money was needed for the students.
Fast forward to April 2010, when the board voted to lay off 49 employees. All of the laid-off employees were to be teachers, cooks, bus drivers, custodians etc., employees who actually work with the students each day.
Not one administrator was to be laid off. Even more insulting is at the June 14 board meeting, after they terminated the last 14 of the 49 employees, 5 new administrators were hired.
I find it difficult to believe that some administrators' duties could not have been combined or eliminated to prevent hiring these people.
Contract negotiations are currently going on. Treasurer Hugh Garside has projected a deficit of $42,500,000 by 2013.
The largest portion of this deficit is made up of salary and benefit increases. We should follow the lead of other districts (i.e. Coventry schools in Summit County) and not give any salary, step or benefit increases for this contract.
If increases are given, the school administration will be back for another levy.
This time the taxpayers will remember what was done with the last levy and vote it down no matter how many times they put it on the ballot.
If any increases are allowed, it is time for this district to have new leadership starting with the superintendent.