Even schools must sacrifice

By February 22, 2011

For the first time since moving to Davis 10 years ago, I’ll be voting against the upcoming school bond, Measure A. It’s not because of the Jeff Christian issue, although I do think the superintendent and school board continue to handle that poorly. Nor do I think the Davis schools have plenty of money. Rather, it’s because I don’t think Davis schools should be the only ones insulated from the financial fallout.

As a state worker, I’ve had my salary cut by 36 days a year, a 15 percent cut. My wife and her colleagues are all going to be laid off later this year. Meanwhile, the Davis educational system demands that every program remain intact.

What finally decided it for me was this quote of trustee Sheila Allen in Sunday’s ¬†Enterprise: “will mean no seventh-period classes … and dirtier classrooms as custodial hours are slashed.” Hello? Just maybe the kids could use some of the missing seventh period to clean their own school. It’s a thought, while many other workers, public and private, are making much greater sacrifice.

Ralph Finch


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