To the editor,
I am very pleased with the education I received in Pella’s community schools. I was taught so well that now, as an adult, I look at questions analytically rather than acting on emotion. Example: Do the Pella schools need to take on $29 million of debt?
$29 million is a lot of taxpayers’ money. That’s about $7500 of debt for a family of four in the Pella district. Is that the best way for your family to spend $7500? It doesn’t seem so to me.
The proposed Career Academy is an intriguing idea. That one may be worth exploring. Much of the rest of the district’s proposal, though, appears to be a wish list more than a set of needs.
The community of Johnston, Iowa gives us a thoughtful example of how to look at schools’ requests for funds. After extensive community discussion – which has not happened here – Johnston’s voters rejected the schools’ request last September. That doesn’t mean the idea is dead. Rather, it means the school district must take the public’s concerns into account and try again. Johnston’s schools are now working toward a smaller, more focused request. More parties will benefit if they can separate wants from needs.
There is a larger picture here as well. America’s economy is struggling with the staggering costs of too much government. For more than five years this problem has blighted our lives. It is choking our children’s future. Our way out is to expect government to do less, and therefore cost less. And the sooner we accept this reality and act upon it, the less painful the adjustment will be. An appropriate place to start is with the Pella school’s request for $29 million.
Lyle D Horman