School board approves five levy options

There are 4 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from Jul 27, 2011, titled School board approves five levy options. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:

Westerville voters likely will see a school levy on the November ballot, but it remains to be seen what that tax will look like.

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PeaceAndProgress

Westerville, OH

#21 Aug 1, 2011
Concerned in Westerville wrote:
The BOE has given union contracts with raises when the rest of the citizens went without raises, many even who lost jobs. Even in a good economy, the price of the union luxury benefits is too much. School benefits and salaries need to be cut back to private sector levels of equal education. By the way, why do we need a masters degree to teach kindergarten-8th grade? This is another unnecessary cost to the district. Lots of waste to cut. The only way the BOE will get the message is if we are willing to endure a strike. We also need new BOE members elected. Wilms and French sound good if they will say no to union demands and threats.
School board members made a point last week to tout that they avoided a strike last year. The strike avoidance methods of the board is simply to cave to all demands of the union. It's disgusting.

If it came down to a strike now, in this economy, it would only go to show what the teachers (or whomever strikes) are all about: money and their own pocketbooks. The same was true a year ago. When many residents feel lucky to still have a job, or haven't had a raise in more than 4 years, or haven't seen their Social Security check increase at all, a strike would highlight the outright greed and entitlement mentality the union has.

Nice of them to give back that which they haven't yet earned, sure. Agree with the comment elsewhere that administrators, too, need to give back as well. And not just the teachers union, but the other bargaining units also: they all received raises.
Mike fm Taxerville

Columbus, OH

#22 Aug 1, 2011
The school tax levy - is a 10% increase on a house worth $170,000 and a 8% on a house worth $150,000.

When was the last time you got 8% or a 10% increase in you pay?

NO NEW TAXES!!

BTW - My house is up for sale
QUES to ASK

Bowling Green, OH

#23 Aug 17, 2011
Concerned in Westerville wrote:
The BOE has given union contracts with raises when the rest of the citizens went without raises, many even who lost jobs. Even in a good economy, the price of the union luxury benefits is too much. School benefits and salaries need to be cut back to private sector levels of equal education. By the way, why do we need a masters degree to teach kindergarten-8th grade? This is another unnecessary cost to the district. Lots of waste to cut. The only way the BOE will get the message is if we are willing to endure a strike. We also need new BOE members elected. Wilms and French sound good if they will say no to union demands and threats.
Need to ask Mr. Wilms how he stands as he worked for the School Transportation department as a driver after retiring as Chief of the Fire Dept. and was one of the union representatives during past contract negotiations. Does he still have ties to the union or is he now going to support cutting and fiscal responsibility? This needs to be asked during his campaign.
wkfan

New York, NY

#24 Aug 17, 2011
Concerned in Westerville wrote:
School benefits and salaries need to be cut back to private sector levels of equal education.
Are you sure that you want to do that? Until recently, there were three (3) professions that required an college degree above a Bachelor's Degreee. Doctors, Lawyers adn teachers.

Are you sure that you want to ask teachers salaries to be comiserate with a doctor or lawyer?
Concerned in Westerville wrote:
By the way, why do we need a masters degree to teach kindergarten-8th grade? This is another unnecessary cost to the district. Lots of waste to cut.
You'll need to ask the State of Ohio...they were the entity that dictated that policy, not any local school district.

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