Letter: Important meeting for H-D voters
To the Voters of Hillsboro and Deering: I urge you attend the deliberative session for the Hillsboro-Deering school budget. It will be held Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. in Hillsboro-Deering Middle School cafeteria. (The snow date is Feb. 4.)
Three points to consider:
1. We should reduce the proposed budget, which is $19,948,285, by $500,000. The new budget would be $19,448,285.
2. Voters should know that the school board plans to eliminate the current trust fund for unanticipated maintenance costs, which is overseen by elected trustees. The board wants to rename and re-purpose this fund to a capital improvement fund. The board will have complete control of what improvements will be made and the power to spend the fund money for said improvements. If so, capital improvements with no longer be warrant articles, and voters will have no vote in how this money is spent.
3. The U.S. national average cost per student is $10,615. The state average is $13,459. The Hillsboro-Deering average is $15,933. I wonder how much of this money is spent on improving the quality of instruction for students, considering our academic standing is so low.
MARY L. LANNON