randy stepp and the medina school board still don't get it
Posted in the Brunswick Forum
#1 Aug 8, 2011
Now they want an INCOME TAX?
Are they mad?
Has anyone told them to consider these simple moves which would restore them to fiscal sanity?
-Board members work for free
-Outsource maintenance and bus driving
-Make sports self-fund
-Sell off the valuable real estate known as Garfield Elementary, and move kids into the two newer, uneeded schools.
-Allow multiple cafeteria vendors, like a mall food court
-put more ads on the district website
-Put ads in the school building, buses
-allow corporate sponsorship of buildings, parts of buildings
Note that none of these involve Tax increases, which we cannot afford.
Vote down all new taxes this November, and vote yes on Issue 2 to keep costs down in schools.
#2 Aug 9, 2011
How about removing the unions, and cutting salaries by the amount currently paid into union dues!
No tax dollars to union bosses (Organized crime and Democrats)
#3 Aug 9, 2011
When it was suggested to make teachers at will employees and dissolving the union, Randy Stepp and the other board members shook their heads and simply said, "That is not going to happen" and quickly changed the topic of other ways to find ways to get people to provide funding (to the 85%+ part of the budget of salary and benefits).
#4 Aug 9, 2011
I love how they said they would not put anything on the ballot until the contract was settled with the teacher's union. Then what do they do but turn around and put the income tax on the ballot and the contract is still not negociated yet.
#5 Aug 9, 2011
Keep it up folks, and don't forget to make "NO on the Income Tax" signs
#6 Aug 10, 2011
Why didn't the board come out in favor of SB5? The lucrative contract that is still in force means that taxpayers are still paying to fund whatever loss the teachers have in their retirement funds. One of the few contracts like that in the state. Even the state audit recognized that it was wrong. The teachers will never sign a contract because they know they will have to give up something. Even the support staff have not settled.
How much of the money from the recent stock market loss did we put right back into their pockets without even realizing it? No one makes up the difference for workers in the rest of the world!
They refuse to teach one additional class...they refuse to negotiate a contract. It's time to disolve the unions for good.
#7 Aug 10, 2011
Because the board members were elected with union endorsements, to keep "labor peace".
Some voters stupidly thought that voting for teacher backed candidates would help the "learning environment" by not making it "hostile". Plus, many board members are incumbents elected over and over.
The taxpayers need to vote out the incumbents on the board, and reject all new taxes. Otherwise, you will be taxed out of your home, so a union member can have a second "vacation" home, and a boat too!
#8 Aug 10, 2011
Board members already work for close to free. State law mandates their pay. I think they make like $300 a month. There's no real savings there.
They have made changes to busing and maintenance that are saving thousands. The garage now takes in work from other districts, and does work themselves that they used to outsource, again, saving thousands.(I saw a report on this on the school board meetings they run on TV, sometime this summer.)
Sports are now close to self funding, as each varsity player pays $660.
There is not enough capacity in the other buildings to accommodate all of the students at Garfield.
State law has changed with regard to the foods that may be served at school. We cannot have McDonalds or Wendys in our schools. Furthermore, the food service program is already completely self-sustaining.
Sure, the district could put a ton of ads everywhere. How much money do you think that would generate in a year? e.g.: an ad on a bus, maybe they could get $5,000 for a year for one ad. Maybe. If you add that up, it won't amount to nearly enough.
Good schools cost money. As for me, I'm going to wait and see what the new teacher contract looks like. It's taken them a loooong time to negotiate it, so maybe the board actually got some real concessions out of the teachers this time....
#9 Aug 10, 2011
The board are a bunch of union shills with no backbone.
I honestly bet the school could make 250K per year in advertising and sponsorship, and as far as I have read the budget, sports and arts do not self fund completely.
The solution is de-unionization.
#10 Aug 10, 2011
The board members could donate their salary back to the school.
#11 Aug 11, 2011
Since 85% of the budget is salary and benefits, that is the only way to cut expenses.
Apparently the school district owns property all over the city of Medina. SELL IT!
#12 Aug 11, 2011
Like the "ice cream shop" that was on property they bought, why did they need this anyways?
#13 Aug 12, 2011
They made changes to busing because they were hoping the parents and people were going to be inconvenienced and pass their levy. They don't care people are losing their jobs or houses, they have to fatten up the wallets of the chosen ones.
I get inconvenienced by the idiots by AI Root who can't see that big STOP sign and stop at it coming out of the school onto Sturbridge. I see people driving their kids to the school a block away, talk about lazy. But the end result I will continue to vote No, the rest of us have not got raises, there are layoffs, store closings etc... so you'll have to fatten the schools wallets with someone else's money.
#14 Aug 13, 2011
There are plenty of ways for the board to cut costs and get new revenue without taxes.
-Teachers decertify the union, become at will employees, no more tenure
-Teachers get a pay cut in the amount they are paying in union dues
-Support staff double as bus drivers
-Janitors are outsourced to a private company
-We cut the number of admins
-End the practice of "evergreen" raises
-Cut "frills" classes, and gym class (why can't kids exercise themselves?)
-We go to a four day week, and do online classes for the fifth day
-Charge community groups to use school buildings
-Open the cafeteria to competing vendors
-Put politically unpopular drinks back in the vending machines
-Make sports programs deliver profit to the school
-Sell a corporate sponsor on the football field (like strongsville did)
#15 Aug 14, 2011
Great ideas, I wish you were running for School Board in Medina!
#16 Aug 14, 2011
Any candidate can adopt this platform.
The filing deadline already passed, but there is an opportunity to vote out at least one incumbent this November, Susan Vleck.
(I know nothing about the other two filed candidates, other than that they are not currently members, so at least one member is retiring as the board of elections says "vote for two")
The election for the rest is in 2013, so a pro-tax majority will still be in office until then at the earliest.
Given this, the voters have one option, Vote NO on every tax increase, and vote for the other two candidates, not Susan Vleck in 2011.
#17 Aug 15, 2011
No salary cuts
No new taxes
Fine by me!
#18 Aug 16, 2011
Anyone who watched the school board meeting last night would learn that Medina has a state of the art weight room (the only one like it in the state) that universities are looking at. WHY DOES A HIGH SCHOOL NEED SOMETHING BEYOND WHAT OSU AND MICHIGAN HAVE?
They purchased the Grace Drake Center and hired a staff (number of which is unknown) to house a program for 12 kids, of which only 4 are from Medina.
IS THIS HOW THEY CUT EXPENSES??????
#19 Aug 16, 2011
Yes PLEASE vote them all out. Especially Susan Vleck
#20 Aug 16, 2011
Keep it going, all the way to November.
Yes on Issue 2 (Keep SB5 and lower costs!)
No on any school tax in this state
Vote for the other two running for school board, not the incumbent Susan Vleck, a known tax increaser!
There are alternative revenue sources, and many ways to cut costs shown here!
It's time we take this to letters in the paper, then to the office of the Board of Education!
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