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IOW schools could lose $1.1M

Published 9:35am Friday, January 11, 2013

STAFF REPORT

 

ISLE OF WIGHT—Isle of Wight County Public Schools will lose $1.1 million as it prepares for a 5 percent cut in funding from the county for its 2013-14 budget.

The school district is looking at a $54.4 million budget, which would require a $27.6 million in local funding.

Superintendent Katrise Perera will recommend cuts while presenting her proposed budget during community meetings in March.

Some jobs may be eliminated, but Perera hopes that can be done by not filling vacancies left from retirements and resignations. Early retirement incentive packages are being offered to teachers who qualify.

In related matters, Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed 2 percent raises for school employees. Bradshaw estimates that will cost the county $945,000.

 

  • SlimPickens

    As an extremely involved and supportive parent of 2 IOW students,(1 former, 1 current)I will say I am/was most pleased with our County School System. A person could not buy a better Private education than the one we can get from Carrsville Elem. for free! That being said there is room for improvement. I recognize that I am blessed beyond belief to have 2 kids as good as they are, I also recognize that is partly because of our parental involvement. I believe IOW wastes a tremendous amount of our tax dollars. Look at the $$ spent this year for IPads. Everyone jumped on the band wagon and said it was a great idea and our kids need to keep up with technology, guess what? None of the textbooks are loaded on these IPads, that is a additional expense that we will pay for next year. Okay so the kids can carry around a computer to take notes on, search the web for info and things like that. They also play games on them (in class too). Is that good? Is it equally good that most high school kids have hand writing that looks like chicken scratch? I can hardly read my kid writing. We used to have penmanship classes, now we type on a keyboard or text on a phone to communicate but EVERYONE needs to know how to write (ledgibly). Now who teaches that ? Who teaches our children to verbally communicate? Most in today’s world communicate via text messages, emails, social networking and so on. Now we have to make sure our graduating kids can verbally hold a meaningful conversation for say 10 minutes. These are fundamentals we used to teach but have gotten away from. This years IPad splurge cost IOW taxpayers >1 Million $$, and no textbooks are on them. Is my Senior son going to get that $$ amount of use from an IPad the County gave him to use as his own? I don’t think so. Is the benefit of these IPads outweighing the cost? Remember you are not yet done spending $$ for them, textbooks come next year. In my opinion, and my opinion is worth as much as anyone else’s, we should be teaching fundamentals like reading, writing (not typing or texting) arithmetic, history, science and english. These are fundamentals that will last a lifetime. Becoming computer literate is nice, and in today’s world almost necessary but we can accomplish that with In school computers, not take home IPads. This is just 1 example of how IOW waste’s our tax dollar. Every High School a few promising athletes yet we won’t hire coaches that will call Colleges to have a scout come take a look? How about starting some women’s Field Hockey at WHS. My point is those of us who are involved are looking for some help to get to College thru any area possible but instead we spend the $$ frivously.

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    • IOW CITIZEN

      @SlimPickens – Welcome to the 21st Century!
      Our schools use to teach classes with slates and chalk many years ago and the generations that followed benefited from the more modern paper and pencils. Today, we are all caught in a transitional period for our schools. We have to adjust – not our kids. Our generation – baby boomers- have to remember that todays schools aren’t meant for us – it is for the children of the 21st Century generation – the millennials. We are all quick to use “how we learned” and assume that the next generation has to learn the same way. Our schools are charged with teaching and preparing our kids for THEIR future – not ours.
      As an active volunteer in our schools – I know that the textbook is not the center of the class, students come to school with knowledge beyond the dated textbooks, they seek current information on the Internet, they are allowed to collaborative on projects, they are allowed to be creative learners, they partner with students from different schools/countries/classes to problem solve, and they almost never need to sharpen their pencils to do this. I am not sure which class you have been in but none that I volunteer in have I ever seen kids playing games. Yes, there are several APPs that are actually learning games – not silly games as you make it out to be. And if your child is playing games at home – that is parenting not the schools fault. Penmanship as we knew it is a dying art and it is not tested on state or national test – so why teach it and in high school? I am sure your teachers in high school never had you trace letters.
      Lastly, if I am correct – you TYPED your comment on a computer – otherwise it would not have been possible on paper or with a slate &chalk.
      We have to STOP judging our schools by what we think we know about schools and leave it to the teachers, administrators, and extend our support.

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      • SlimPickens

        @IOW Citizen
        As long as MY tax dollar is paying the salaries of Teachers, Administrators, and School Board Members I will have a say in the way our money is spent. It is called democracy and the very reason for School Board meetings and public forums such as this. Yes I typed my comment and this reply, in case you did not notice, this is the only option available. Sorry if you advocate the eventual loss of handwriting but I will not. Respect is not tested at any level either so I suppose we should stop trying to teach that as well? My opinion, as I pointed out is simply that, my opinion. My complaint is the way the $$ for the IPads was secured, a little here, a little more for maintenence contracts, now here we go again, more $$ for textbooks. The whole story was not made known in advance, $700K for IPads, then $300K for maintenence contracts, and they are still not done milking us. Sorry you do not understand that. Explains why you volunteer maybe?

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      • lakegirl

        IOW Citizen you are entitled to your opinion and thank you for volunteering. I enjoy reading the posting of every opinion, whether I agree with them or not. I am very appreciative of the education my children have received while attending our public school system here in IOW. The sad part is I know teachers are underpaid for the work they do and under appreciated for the most part. Everyone should take moment to pen/email a thank you note to their child’s teacher and thank them for their hard work. Trust me, they rarely hear it. Have a good day.

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    • lakegirl

      I agree “Slim”. I know of what our family refers to as “the expensive calculator” aka IPad. There are problems with the start up of this program, no APPs loaded. Some students do play games and not the educational ones, watch youtube videos and listen to and watch music videos. This is not an easy thing to control when you have a class size of 25 plus. Even at home a student will quickly change a screen to hide their website! It is a tech smart generation, I want to believe that the kinks can be worked out before more money in invested. I feel duped knowing that they do not have the textbook APPs loaded as previously claimed by Perera.

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  • BlindSquirrel

    @IOW CITIZEN…While not a product of IWCS system, both of my daughters are. Your support of the school system speaks magnitudes about your character. I too support the school system. However, if I feel something could be improved, I take it to School Board. Those who make unfounded statements in forums like this, but will not back up what they say in a public forum (ie. School Board Meeting)…well, they are what they are. Their glass is half empty while mine is half full. At the 1/10/13 School Board meeting, one person signed up to speak. He had a concern but also presented a solution.

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  • stirit

    How about eliminating the Assistant Supervisor that was just added along with the resource coordinator and high recruitment officer. (No one even knows what he does in his position). She took a principle from Carrsville Elementary school and assigned her to the central office and then hired someone new for her position. Then took the Supervisor of Transportations job and made it Director of Transportation to give it to the Principle from Carrolton. Of course she then had to hire someone new to fill that job. If you added all of these new positions together you would come close to the Million that is lost.

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    • BlindSquirrel

      If you are going to stir it, you could at least stir it correctly. There is no Assistant Supervisor position. If you meant Assistant Superintendent, this is the only “new” position of the ones you mentioned. The previous principal of Carrsville Elementary was not assigned to the central office. A position in the central office became vacant and she applied for and was selected for it. The same for the previous principal of Carrollton Elementary. He applied and was selected for a vacant existing position. The Supervisor of Transportation position was changed to Director of transportation in name only. There was no new position added. I think your referral to “resource coordinator and high recruitment officer” probably is the Executive Director for HR/Leadership Development & Operations (I apologize if wrong). This too was an existing position that became vacant. If you check previous and current salaries for this position, you will see a savings of $25,000 was obtained.

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      • IOW CITIZEN

        I did some checking last evening and you are on target with the titles and the salaries. It seems as if STIRIT is just looking to direct undue harm on the public schools. As a former student and a former parent of IWCS, I am excited to see all the positive changes. I only regret that my children aren’t able to benefit; however, I will continue to volunteer and to support the school board and the current superintendent. They need our support and people need to realize the schools reflect the support the community extends to it and the students that walk through their doors everyday. If we want good schools or excellent schools as the website states – then it is up to the community to get involved and stop bashing it with unfounded “facts.” I’m am going to paraphrase a quote – great people talk about ideas and get involved, but small minded people just talk with no facts. This is a sad downfall of social media and online comment segments like this.

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