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Knowledge of conditions would help pass mill levy

2010-03-03T00:00:00Z Knowledge of conditions would help pass mill levy The Billings Gazette
March 03, 2010 12:00 am

Comments made by Superintendent Jack Copps regarding the willingness of both administrators and teachers to consider a pay raise cut for next year should have a positive effect on the willingness of the voters to pass a mill levy for the schools this spring. I have always heard — and more or less believed — the rumors that we we’re so top-heavy with administrators. Copps’ statement a few weeks back about the cost of administration in our school district being only 1 percent of the budget really shocked me.

One step further that I feel would really guarantee passage of the mill levy would be to educate the voting public. Remember during the strike a few years back when the teachers’ names, grades/subjects taught, number of years in teaching and pay were published? Knowing how many children under each teacher would help bring the picture into focus, too. This, plus the same for all staff in administration would let the taxpayers really grasp the reality of the corner our district is backed into. It wouldn’t hurt to throw in the needs and costs of buildings maintenance and operating expenses on the same page, either.

Sharon Olsen


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