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Truth

Somerset, KY

#29 Sep 23, 2012
Cry Me A River wrote:
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The School Board has no money, talking about layoffs and cuts to budgets to buy instructional materials used to TEACH. In times like these ALL financial resources need to be pooled together get what needs done or what people want done.
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Maybe they should close Waynesburg instead of McKinney? Maybe your strong PTO is part of why this discussion isnt happening. Be proud of that.
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What other needs besides school supplies? HOw often have you volunteered to help with those needs?
<quoted text> Evidentally you don't I Not enough maintenance workers on the payrroll to get all the needs met, this is true in technology as well. PTO shouldnt have to be asked. Take some ownership in your kids school, open your eyes and look around to see what needs done and PTO can initiate the project just as much as the principal.
quoted text> Evidently you don't understand how system works when it comes to funding. Money from the State comes into Lincoln School System with EARTAGS that means it has to be used for whatever it is tagged for. Therefore there can be no pooling money together.

Bottom line is our great leader has not spent enough time rubbing elbows with State Officers in Frankfort. Remember the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Now you guys can make your comments about this paragraph but in the end you will find that it is true.
Any Number

London, KY

#30 Sep 23, 2012
writing on wall wrote:
<quoted text>McKinney school hasn't been closed.
Oh, I must have read it wrong.

Thanks "writing on wall"!

Someone should shoot off an email to Yelp, because they have it listed as "McKinney Elementary School - CLOSED"
Clueless

London, KY

#31 Sep 23, 2012
I have logged MANY volunteer hours at Waynesburg over the years. I am all for the PTO doing lots of things to better the school and the student experience there. BUT, why should THIS school and NO OTHER one have to pay for maintenance work??? The next thing they will want the PTO to pay the electric bill!! This particular PTO has been very active over the years. They have purchased MANY items for teachers, technology, sponsored the academic team, student of the month activities, school supplies, field day, the list goes on and on. If there are worker hours available for sports facility maintenance then there are hours to paint the schools in the district. The cafeteria at the middle school was painted....and paid for by the board. Why was Waynesburg not treated the same way? I do understand that money comes in and can ONLY be spent on specified items. This is crap. Why purchase televisions when a school doesn't have books?? But, that is what it is and can't be changed. I just feel that Waynesburg should be treated as fairly as the other schools in the district....not better, not worse, just the same.
Cry Me A River

Lexington, KY

#32 Sep 23, 2012
Truth wrote:
<quoted text>quoted text> Evidently you don't understand how system works when it comes to funding. Money from the State comes into Lincoln School System with EARTAGS that means it has to be used for whatever it is tagged for. Therefore there can be no pooling money together.
Bottom line is our great leader has not spent enough time rubbing elbows with State Officers in Frankfort. Remember the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Now you guys can make your comments about this paragraph but in the end you will find that it is true.
I wasn't talking about state money. The conversation was about PTO money. And by pooling I meant School/district/state, PTO and Community financial resources.

Welfare mentality - Anytime someone mentions money you think we're talking about gov money.
Cry Me A River

Lexington, KY

#33 Sep 23, 2012
Clueless wrote:
I have logged MANY volunteer hours at Waynesburg over the years. I am all for the PTO doing lots of things to better the school and the student experience there. BUT, why should THIS school and NO OTHER one have to pay for maintenance work??? The next thing they will want the PTO to pay the electric bill!! This particular PTO has been very active over the years. They have purchased MANY items for teachers, technology, sponsored the academic team, student of the month activities, school supplies, field day, the list goes on and on.


What do you want? A Medal? A Cookie? Do you complain this much when you give to other charities/church? Look - im sure your contribution is appreciated and it would be wonderful if more people gave of their time, talents and finances to help the schools, but back to my main point - dont be mad over a paint job when there are much more serious issues at hand. Its like fixating on whos turn it is to take out the garbage when the house is burning down.
Clueless wrote:
I just feel that Waynesburg should be treated as fairly as the other schools in the district....not better, not worse, just the same.
Fair is not always the same/equal
hmmm

London, KY

#34 Sep 24, 2012
What if the PTO didn't have the money...then who would have paid for the paint job? Unless you are from the Waynesburg school area you have no idea. Most of these families qualify for free lunches. Fundraising is not easy as families don't have much to buy things with. PTO money is not easy to come by. In order to maintain the biggest assistance (buying school supplies), the money has to be used wisely and cautiously. Without that assistance, these kids will have even less than they already do in the school. And to see those funds be used foolishly and when they shouldn't have to be is sad. Had the school sent out a request for help to do the paint job (which the board should have been doing in the first place), I am sure there would have been people offering to help......Unless you understand the history of Waynesburg in the Lincoln County system you really have no idea.
KEA

Lexington, KY

#35 Sep 24, 2012
hmmm wrote:
What if the PTO didn't have the money...then who would have paid for the paint job?
Uh Nobody ..... and the world would have gone on just as before. The kids would learn just the same and the meatloaf would taste the same as it always has.
hmmm wrote:
Unless you are from the Waynesburg school area you have no idea. Most of these families qualify for free lunches. Fundraising is not easy as families don't have much to buy things with. PTO money is not easy to come by. In order to maintain the biggest assistance (buying school supplies), the money has to be used wisely and cautiously. Without that assistance, these kids will have even less than they already do in the school. And to see those funds be used foolishly and when they shouldn't have to be is sad. Had the school sent out a request for help to do the paint job (which the board should have been doing in the first place), I am sure there would have been people offering to help......Unless you understand the history of Waynesburg in the Lincoln County system you really have no idea.
So what im hearing you say in this post is that you want people who couldnt possibly understand your plight because were not from waynesburg, to pay for cosmetic improvements to your school that it cant possibly afford because most of its parents are too poor. And you believe people would have helped if only they had been asked? Why didnt the PTO parents volunteer, or think to ask for volunteers. Are you saying The funds were spent without permission?

We may agree on one thing, it may have been a foolish expenditure.
point

Manchester, KY

#36 Sep 26, 2012
I think some people are missing the point here. The PTO does a lot for the school. Fundraising dollars are hard to come by. So, it is important that the PTO is cautious in what they spend their money on because the funds are limited. This is a small school and community. The PTO funds are not nearly as much as some of the larger schools in the district.(i.e. Stanford). The money that was there had several uses...once of which was buying supplies for fall festival. Now, they are going to have to scrimp just to put in on if at all. It costs a lot to buy the supplies, food, drinks, prizes, janitor fees, cook fees, etc. Businesses don't donate nearly the amount that they used to. The saying that it takes money to make money is true! The fall festival has always been good and a good fundraiser for the PTO. Lots of people will come eat at the school for this event that don't have children in the school but are part of the community. They also put in money on the raffles and auctions. The painting was an expenditure that was on the principal's agenda....but, then again, he was the PTO president too.(which should NEVER have happened). It was a case of bad timing. Maybe, down the road but, you can't buy school supplies for everyone and pay that kind of money out and still have operating money left for this early in the year....not at a school of this size. This PTO has worked hard for years. They accomplish a lot for the school but, it can't do everything. It is just not possible. This district has just hired on for new positions at the board office. That should not happen at the expense of classroom employees.

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