BUHS #6 board planning next budget

The Brattleboro Union High School District #6 Board is in the midst of developing the budget for BUHS, Brattleboro Area Middle School and the Windham Regional Career Center, and so far it's looking like the budget will see only a slight increase next year, according to David Dunn, board chairman. Full Story
realitycheck

Dover, NH

#1 Nov 27, 2010
Dunn, You aren't getting it. The prior budgets are bloated and in this economy "holding the line" is acutally raising the budget as the rest of the world is taking cuts.

If you aren't actually going to make significant cuts in the budget you won't be doing a good job. It will be a poor job. A cowardly job.

Hey I've got a suggestion for you. Why don't you lead the charge to get the school budget approved by Australian ballot every year?
Joe

Chester, VT

#2 Nov 27, 2010
most of the budget is the labor contracts, after the croonies of labor give away the farm to labor there isn't much left to budget when most of the budget goes to labor costs.
realitycheck

Dover, NH

#3 Nov 27, 2010
Joe wrote:
most of the budget is the labor contracts, after the croonies of labor give away the farm to labor there isn't much left to budget when most of the budget goes to labor costs.
Agreed but there is much he can do there. Like fixing the staff at a number that requires replacement of staff leaving only if it results in a reduction in total staff.

He can also reduce non union staff and assign duties of staff to teachers. The teaching staff should be reduced but there are enourmous savings in the non union staff as well.

The administrative staff can be reduced by up to a third. The duties of administrative staff can be assigned to union personell. The next decade is not going to be a good time for young people thinking of entering the teaching profession.

By putting the budget up for vote by australian budget we get two things. First fear of being voted down will give the budget creators incentive to cut or keep the budget increases minimal and second it is an excuse to throw back at the union when a budget is voted down. It would take the burden off the school board.

Real progress does have to be made at the time of renewal of the next union budget. That is when the public has to step up and give the school board direction
Gail

Bethel, VT

#4 Nov 27, 2010
Shut it down. I want charter schools!
realitycheck

Dover, NH

#5 Nov 27, 2010
Gail wrote:
Shut it down. I want charter schools!
What you really want is school choice which would promote a proliferation of private schools which in turn would motivate real change in the public schools. You should check out St Michaels...excellent education for %5000/year.

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