Schools ready to be bid, funding not ...

Schools ready to be bid, funding not yet available

There are 2 comments on the Loudon County News story from Jan 4, 2011, titled Schools ready to be bid, funding not yet available. In it, Loudon County News reports that:

Loudon County school's building program has reached the point where more funding is necessary to move forward.

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Thomas

Dayton, TN

#1 Jan 5, 2011
Of course more funding is necessary to move forward, isn't MORE funding ALWAY'S necessary! Let's not forget that the county has already seen two tax increases and the AFT tax in recent year's for new schools and still not the first shovel of dirt has been moved. I'm sure County Commission and School Board are trying to get it out to the public that we need another tax increase to get the building plan moving again. Not so fast this time Good Ole Boys, the people of the county are sick of the higher taxes and no results. Maybe County Commission could try cutting back on reckless government spending (that goes for School Board to) instead of always trying to pass it on to the citizens in higher taxes.
RailheadsGirl

Athens, TN

#2 Jan 5, 2011
They are going to have a hard time justifying a tax increase when they don't make good use of the funds they already have. Apparently, Loudon County did not get the message that we are in a recession. State and federal revenues are down and cuts are on the horizon. Results for the money we have spent...are poor. Citizens will not agree to a tax increase without seeing some improvements to the services provided.

New buildings, alone, will not improve education without dedicated leaders who are willing to raise the bar on what is expected. It would be easier to get money from the residents, if we had a strong education system which supports the efforts but they are busy playing politics and the kids are being oppressed as a result of it.

Make education a priority...not just in theory, but in actuality. Areas w/good schools have not been hit as hard by the economics we have faced and if we would embrace that concept, more residents would want to live here, which would contribute to the tax base.

It is easier to ask for money based on successful results. I am hesitant to cough up more until they demonstrate the willingness to improve.

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