“It doesn’t matter whether you are a critical service — you still have to be accountable for taxpayers’ money,” she said. “It’s not because in the name of education and health, you will continue to seek the same or more money. Everybody has to share the difficulties and challenges that we’re facing now.”Okay, so here's my conundrum. Our budget as it is can only purchase three crucial items. Hmmm...shall we go without
2. Toilet paper?
The choices are so hard. What do we do? Oh, but wait. Let's clarify the issue a little more. She says:
“When your budget is comprised mainly of salaries…basically it just means that you have to let go of some of your people,”
I feel like a kid in a candy store, only the candy is expired and made of spit. Three years ago we made an 11% cut in personnel and two months after that heart-wrenching experience, our staff was cut to almost 23%. We lost a Kindergarten teacher and had to downsize the 6th, 5th and 4th grades. Lemme see, this time shall we go without a
1. 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade teacher? Oh, no that would mean crowded classrooms and fewer materials. Plus I think they need to learn how to read that young. Bad idea.
2. A counselor? Yes, our kids don't need emotional support. Let the bullies run the schools like they do elsewhere.
3. A nurse? We only have 800 students, what's the chance of anyone getting hurt and needing care?
4. A librarian? A custodian? A secretary? An administrator?
Gee, I'm almost giddy with the options.