Where’s the proof? Committee still waits on financial information
School closure shouldn’t even be on the table, according to Indian Valley businessman David Schramel, who insists district officials need to look at other ways to “meet this budget thing.”
Schramel, like committee members, wonders where the proof is and thinks the threat to close schools is a ploy.
And he is not the only one who voiced an opinion about that during the Monday, Feb. 27, meeting of the Indian Valley School Closure and Consolidation, or 7-11, Committee.
Comments were that the ploy is to threaten closure of three or four schools to make the actual shutdown of two look better.
Good schools will attract new families, he claimed.
Former Superintendent Mike Chelotti played devil’s advocate, frequently upsetting more than one person during the meeting.
The highest test scores in the state will not attract new families, he argued, mentioning his past experience with such schools in Indian Valley.
Committee chairwoman Centella Tucker and member Sue Weber also commented on the lack of financial information from the school district.
“Some things have been added to the district website, like the 90-minute presentation Yvonne Bales gave about Fund 17,” Tucker said. “But no specific answers to our questions have been received yet.”
“We need the whole picture if we’re going to give a good recommendation,” Weber said.
The district budget seminar was a “bunch of smoke and mirrors,” said J.C. Eaglesmith, an educator, coach and leader among Native Americans.
He also found no justification for school closures.
“It’s disgusting we have been put into such a position, with this faulty façade of democracy,” he said, adding he was ready to get out the War Bundle in support of the community. “It’s a treasure to us, that school,” he added about Taylorsville Elementary.
Committee member Misty Banchio, school bus driver and mom, said Taylorsville Parents Club members are ready to start raising funds for whatever district officials claim they will save if Taylorsville Elementary is closed.
Committee members continue to meet weekly, listen to public comments and work on the proposal they will present to the district, possibly as soon as the end of March.
They hope district trustees will allow them at least another month, since they still lack the specific and public financial information they requested from administration almost a month ago.