Westerville school board eyeing cuts

Westerville school board eyeing cuts

There are 16 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from May 11, 2011, titled Westerville school board eyeing cuts. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:

With a $20.6 million deficit looming in fiscal year 2013, the Westerville school board has asked the administration to bring forth potential spending cuts at its May 23 meeting.

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disgusted

United States

#1 May 11, 2011
As a start, declare an emergency, Cut all employees' compensation by 10%., freeze all step raises. Increase all employee contribution toward pensions by 20%. Cap Health Insurance contributions at current amount. Make all future raises relative to COLA. That should solve the problem for some time to come.
Numbers Guy

Columbus, OH

#2 May 11, 2011
Have you run the numbers on your proposed cuts/reductions? I'd really like to know if you have done your legwork to determine if your percentages are based on real numbers.

Otherwise, why not just call for all teachers to take a 50% cut, triple insurance premiums, quadruple class size, force them to teach 8 classes? And, no more athletics or extra curriculars. That stuff can be done at the Community Rec Center.

After you have "fixed" the Westerville Education budget issue, let's double everyone's federal and state income taxes. Let's increase the cost for the Ohio Turnpike tolls to $25 each way. That will certainly fix our national debt, state budget issues, and we can all be a part of the solution. Let's jack the price of gas to $10/gallon as well.

If you don't have the actual numbers regarding the impact of your proposed cuts, you aren't really offering anything worthwhile.
Worried Resident

Allen, TX

#3 May 11, 2011
Perhaps the folks at the top should take a cut...Didn't Good just get a raise. Lets take 10% off the administrators, make them pay for benefits. Take spouse off insurance policies if they work and are able to secure benefits at their employers instead on the back of tax payers. Then lets look and see how our outlook is...
Resident

Columbus, OH

#4 May 12, 2011
"Take spouse off insurance policies if they work and are able to secure benefits at their employers"

Is this commonly done in industry? I can't imagine that an employer SHOULD be able to force people to push spouses off the insurance plan.

That does not seem right to me. If an employee is willing to pay the extra for family coverage, I don't see the problem. Keep in mind that Westerville's insurance is set up as an individual or family plan.

A married couple (no kids) pays the same premium and deductible as a family that has 3-4 kids.
johnnyg

Columbus, OH

#5 May 12, 2011
To all my Westerville friends and doubters, isn't it funny how 3 weeks after the school treasurer resigns to take a public sector job our wonderful school board anounces that we will have a 20 million dollar short fall and we have to tighten our belt and maybe even put a LEVY on the ballot. This will mean no sports, band or any other activities until we pass this levy, pay to play will be $1000. per sport per child unless you pass this levy, o and by the way we will lay off 100 teachers unless you pass this levy. Does anyone else feel they are being held hostage from this school board. Hopefully I will get some response as to how we can stop this madness called the westerville city schools board of education.

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Taxerville T

Westerville, OH

#6 May 12, 2011
Why do we send money to the State so they can give it back? We pay a crap-load of property tax so our schools will be some of the best in the state. We also pay a crap-load of taxes to the state and then hope they give some of it back to our schools. How about we don't give that money to the State in the first place but rather give it directly to our own schools? Bureaucracy at its best.
disgusted

United States

#7 May 12, 2011
Numbers Guy wrote:
Have you run the numbers on your proposed cuts/reductions? I'd really like to know if you have done your legwork to determine if your percentages are based on real numbers.
Otherwise, why not just call for all teachers to take a 50% cut, triple insurance premiums, quadruple class size, force them to teach 8 classes? And, no more athletics or extra curriculars. That stuff can be done at the Community Rec Center.
After you have "fixed" the Westerville Education budget issue, let's double everyone's federal and state income taxes. Let's increase the cost for the Ohio Turnpike tolls to $25 each way. That will certainly fix our national debt, state budget issues, and we can all be a part of the solution. Let's jack the price of gas to $10/gallon as well.
If you don't have the actual numbers regarding the impact of your proposed cuts, you aren't really offering anything worthwhile.
Thanks numbers guy, Since you've apparently run the numbers, I like your solution better. Let's \start a referendum today!!
Mike fm Taxerville

Dublin, OH

#8 May 12, 2011
mumble, mumble, mumble vote for the tax levy mumble mumble mumble.

Heard it five years ago when I moved into Taxerville - hearing as I put my house on the market Monday.

I am Done with Taxerville, OHIO.

BTW - 4 bedroom / 2 bath, last house on a dead in street.
Cooper Westerville

Defiance, OH

#9 May 12, 2011
disgusted wrote:
As a start, declare an emergency, Cut all employees' compensation by 10%., freeze all step raises. Increase all employee contribution toward pensions by 20%. Cap Health Insurance contributions at current amount. Make all future raises relative to COLA. That should solve the problem for some time to come.
Could not have said it better myself!
Oscar

Naperville, IL

#10 May 13, 2011
disgusted wrote:
As a start, declare an emergency, Cut all employees' compensation by 10%., freeze all step raises. Increase all employee contribution toward pensions by 20%. Cap Health Insurance contributions at current amount. Make all future raises relative to COLA. That should solve the problem for some time to come.
Brilliant thinking. Just try to get the WEA or the administration to agree on this. It would be easier to pull teeth. Go for it. Try something.
Whatever

Pataskala, OH

#11 May 13, 2011
Why did they give the superintendent a huge raise when facing a huge deficit!? Doesn't do much for the Board's credibility.
TICON

Westerville, OH

#12 May 13, 2011
Time for the Ohio legislature to enact a policy if a levy fails you do not put on the ballot for five years. This will force the school board to manage with budget cuts along with a referendum to eliminate WIN WIN by the Westerville voters, not the elite, progressive school board with its failed indoctrination policies including diversity. Ask teachers who have not had support in discipline from the top. Why do we need police in school locations if we do not have discipline problems? Also, cut the big bucks funding to the Education Service Center which is unnecessary and the place of new employment of our past treasurer and retired superintendent. Time to recall the entire board. Yes, tax valuations should decrease 29 percent plus, not 10 percent, if the auditors do their job.
Paul from Westerville

Bowling Green, OH

#13 May 15, 2011
These folks spend money like my ex-wife did. Hint, like it grows on trees.
Parent of Two

Columbus, OH

#14 May 15, 2011
The article states:
"During its levy campaign in 2009, the district told voters that approving the levy would keep the district solvent through 2012."

I'd say the district kept its promise to the community then if they are talking about needing additional money to get into 2013.

Considering the reductions in funding from the State, I'm happy to see the district keeping its promise.
TICON

Westerville, OH

#15 May 15, 2011
Parent of Two wrote:
The article states:
"During its levy campaign in 2009, the district told voters that approving the levy would keep the district solvent through 2012."
I'd say the district kept its promise to the community then if they are talking about needing additional money to get into 2013.
Considering the reductions in funding from the State, I'm happy to see the district keeping its promise.
Proposed legislation in the legislature will return democracy, those who vote yes on school levies will pay, those who vote no have better uses until the previous reductions in free spending are implemented.
Bill

Westerville, OH

#16 May 16, 2011
They projected deficit but they just signed new contracts and nobody gets fired?

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