What’s the school board to do?
No doubt, as the Janesville School Board deliberates just where to find the $6.5 million in budget cuts it agreed to Tuesday, it will hear loud complaints from teachers and students, parents and taxpayers.
Some will argue the cuts are too deep and will erode quality too much. Some will suggest the board dip further into the district's fund balance. Some residents will argue that any increase in property taxes is too much.
It’s easy to sit back and complain. It’s more difficult to make the tough choices the board faces and strike a balance between taxpayers and the need to maintain quality education.
It’s simplistic to suggest the board should just cut from athletics, or raise fees higher, or delay maintenance, or stop sending staff to conferences, and a budget gap that wide will vanish.
Critics should keep in mind, too, that all travel expenses related to training in Studer Group principles as part of the district’s “Journey to Excellence” are paid for by the Studer Group--not taxpayers.
We’ll share our perspective on this budget dilemma in the Gazette’s editorial Sunday. Readers should realize that we do not post our editorials online unless you have access to our E-Edition. Instead, please pick up a copy of Sunday’s Gazette or call our circulation department at (608) 741-6650 to subscribe.
Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or email@example.com. Or follow him on Twitter