Don’t play games with tax funds

By June 25, 2011

A week or so ago, I read in The Davis Enterprise that the school board had set dates for an election to renew school funding Measures W and Q. The article also mentioned that a third vice principal (half-time) position was being funded by Measure A funds under the category of increasing school safety and security. This concerns me.

The district’s website includes an article titled “Facts about Measure A” (djusd.net/district/measa). In the “Frequently Asked Questions” section is the following: “Does Measure A fund new programs? Answer: Measure A does not create any new programs and prohibits the use funds for administrative costs.”(Emphasis added.)

I can’t imagine that a vice principal at the high school is anything but an administrator or that her salary could be anything other than an administrative cost. Board member
Susan Lovenburg, who very courteously and promptly responded to my inquiries, pointed out that the half-time position was a continuing one (and thus presumably not a new program) and that the VP’s work involved discipline of students — a safety consideration.

That’s all fine and I have no beef with the position or the job duties, but I can’t make the jump from continuation to discipline to not considering the VP an administrator or her salary an administrative cost.

Don’t get me wrong; my kids and grandkids have gone through the Davis schools and I support them fully. I have voted yes on all the funding measures and I have spent time volunteering at Valley Oak and Birch Lane elementary schools. But, I expect elected officials to do what they say they will do and not do what they say they will not do.

I, for one, will be paying more attention to reports on how the community-elected tax support funds to schools are being spent. And please, if you want my vote, don’t play games with me.

Mary Lee Thomson


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