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What else can be done about the schools?

Answer up front from CM: 1) Provide an adequate tax base. 2) Start attending meetings and LISTENING. learning, and then providing input to make sure a good school board does the right thing. OR ELSE -We face an implosion of residential property values, and a downward spiraling economy.
Comments re article 46782 Doesnt understand Adair School Board and textbooksJeanne Marshburn writes:
I'm sure all the educated people in Adair County agree that cutting back on the kids' text books is one of the worst things that can happen! Education in Adair County is absolutely critical. So, now the question is - What can we do about it? Does the budget need to be reviewed and maybe redone in its entirety? What dollar amount are we talking about? Awareness is critical and I applaud the Columbia Magazine for starting the process, but what else can be done??? --Jeanne Marshburn
Actually, the first step, I believe, is to get more local money in the system. That means more taxes.

That comes through supporting local tax initiatives. I think maybe when I vented on the silliness of wasting $10,000 drug testing the wrong people, and calling that groundhog thinking, some may have mistaken that for a condemnation of the school board. It was not. I just seethed watching the budget cutting process work from the inside out, rather than the other way around. I think they ought to have started with a Zero Budget' and asked, "What's the most important thing we do, fund that, then fund the next and so on." It's simple start.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: Fund first grade. Then second. Then third. And so on through High School, maybe working in Kindergarten and Pre-School. Then maybe add transportation for the most distant locations. Then add physical exercise facilities. But never, ever, ever think about cutting back on paying good teachers or providing textbooks (or laptops or tablets), then good buildings. And to be very clear: At the core: Academics. Make the meals the best, the most nutritious meals the kids can have that day. Provide excellent, beautiful buildings. Then add peripherals. Not the other way around.

What can citizens do: Go to the meetings. Not only as an advocate or to speak out. But to listen and learn, and know that only together can we really give all Adair County kids the education which will put them ahead in this world. After attending a dozen or so meetings, think about speaking out. There really aren't simple answers to all the questions facing the schools.

FINALLY, if you're retired and you want your property values to implode, don't provide a tax base for good schools. Our number one need is to provide the best education for K-12 anywhere on the planet. -ED WAGGENER

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