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Letter to the Editor: Why won't board discuss academics?

on April 09, 2017 12:59 AM
Indiana, PA

On Monday, April 3, a meeting of the Indiana Area School District’s Academic and Extracurricular Committee took place. There were five out of the now eight board members present.

Absent due to death of his father-in-law was director Walter Schroth. You will recall, Mr. Schroth presented an alternate plan to spend less to keep kids warm, safe and dry until the Indiana district is more solvent, until the existing huge debt can be paid down. At that time, it was called a “good Plan B” by other board members.

On Monday, it was called “a stupid way to spend money” by a board member.

Keep in mind, this was an Academic and Extracurricular Committee meeting. However, little time was spent discussing academics, rather more time was devoted to finance! Oddly enough, the previous week’s committee meeting was the finance one, yet every effort was taken by board members in favor to keep from discussing the finance portion of Mr. Schroth’s money-saving alternative.

Funny how that works, isn’t it? Despicable how this discussion wasn’t tabled until Mr. Schroth was available and not dealing with the passing of his father-in-law, isn’t it? There seems to be a pattern of his type of behavior, though.

To date, this board cannot give proof of any academic benefits, which is one of the reasons the major stakeholders have stepped forward in opposition.

I suspect that is why the focus of this discussion was on finance instead of academics. But, if you remember, it was Horace Mann and Eisenhower, the two neighborhood schools on the chopping block, that scored highest in state testing.

The entire county needs to be present Monday, April 10, for the Rally to Save our District and County. It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., with a board meeting following at 7:30 at East Pike Elementary School. Those opposed are encouraged to step forward, be seen and be heard. This multimillion dollar project will eventually affect the entire county.

The majority board claims the majority of residents and business owners are in favor of this project. Petitions and polls have proved otherwise.

Now is the time for your physical presence. Please plan to attend.

Tammy Curry

Indiana

 

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