Letter to the Editor

Higher degrees sometimes mean nothing

Sunday, December 13, 2009

To the Editor:

Dear Trustee,

We are trapped in a cycle of spending money foolishly and we need to break the cycle.

We oversized Northview to the point where people do not even know each other in that building, which is not good for education or control.

We persisted on under-sizing our elementary schools to the point that we will be wasting education dollars on support functions in those buildings for the next 40 years. Now, the inclination appears to be to keep the transportation facility in its present location, which is not large enough to put the buildings and grounds or a new Central Office on.

Frankly, I would love the opportunity to walk through the homes of whoever backs that suggestion to see if their canned goods are scattered from the roof to the foundation or in the kitchen as most people keep them. That suggestion must come from only considering the needs of the Transportation Department without considering the total needs of the corporation. The corporation needs to cut operating expenses everywhere it can. With the need of a new Transportation facility and a new Central Office in the very near future, we have the opportunity to put those facilities and the Buildings and Grounds Department on one piece of property. It does not have to be adjunct to the Northview, North Clay or Cumberland campus, but it should be as close as possible, even if it is to the north, west or south. If it is closer than the current distance to the Transportation Facility, every foot saves money.

We have far too much education sitting on the board to be spending the taxpayer's contributions in ways that do not pay off by educating students. We hire college graduates with advanced degrees to run this corporation. Why, then, isn't all of that education and the sense that a high school drop out exercises in putting canned goods in one place brought to bear on the corporation's problems? The saying has been used for years that you should, "think outside the box."

Why cannot anyone with a high degree of education see that we need to do just that? Look at the corporation's building needs as if we did not have the first building. Would you build them in the locations where the current facilities are?


Leo L. Southworth,