A teacher was surplussed from Nick Howland's son's school and he put up the following note on Facebook.
Now I get frustrated about surpluses too. Especially when the state dictates it. I also think in the past the district has not been responsive to the needs of teachers which is something they have tried to rectify this year.
Mr. Howland's implication however is that the district has budgeted poorly and as a result teachers are being cut, his son's school is paying a price.
I didn't think that was the case. I thought after the ten day count the school didn't have enough students to support all its teachers which happens quite often, and more on that in a bit. So I sent them the screenshot above and asked the district.
I was wondering if Howland was correct and a lack of fiscal responsibility led to the surplus or if it was something else like lower than projected enrollment?
Well today the got back to me.
Hello Chris, hope the new school year is going well for you.
It's a shame that teachers have to be surplussed because of declining enrollment. The thing is this is a problem partly of Howland's making. These
He wants people to be mad, he says, see the district didn't know how to budget and it cost my son's school a teacher and afraid, one out of eleven students will be a victim of violence if we continue at this rate, is another thing he sells on the stump and on his campaign page.
The truth is Howland doesn't know how surpluses work, and rather than finding out, he in a self serving way just blames the district.
How is that not troubling? Shouldn't we have a school board member who knows what he is talking about?
Elizabeth Anderson on the other hand, isn't out there selling fear and anger. She's selling a plan to train staff how to recognize students in crisis. She is out selling the need for more mental health resources. She isn't out there trying to make the citizens of district 2 afraid and angry, no she is trying to educate them about what our kids need.
Getting surplussed sucks, but there is a difference between a school not being able to support the same number of teachers and the district budgeting poorly. Howland obviously had no interest in learning that, and why should he when he thinks you being mad and afraid will get him your vote.
District 2, please prove him wrong.