We’ve heard a lot lately about lies being repeatedly told to the point where people believe them to be truth. In Wakefield, the Big Lie is that we don’t support the school. The facts, listed below, show that since 2015, the voters have approved a whopping 25 percent increase in school funding while the student population has increased less than 4 percent.
This big lie that we don’t support our school has been an ongoing narrative often promoted by a Teachers Union as it repeatedly lobbies the public for unreasonable pay increases and now wants to dictate the terms of when they will show up for work, all the while continuing to collect a full paycheck. They’re upset that for the last two years, the voters have just said “no” to unsustainable pay increases. Last year, I did a full analysis of last year's proposed contract that you can read here.
It looks like the proposal this year may be something I can support.
The facts don’t support this fairy tale of inadequate support being passed around by many on social media. Below are the budget amounts passed by the voters for the last five years compared with how many kids we educate. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view.
Edit: The original amount of $964,966 for the 2020-21 warrants was incorrect. The actual amount of warrants that passed was $400,000. This has been corrected in the updated chart. I apologize for the inaccuracy.
I've used the totals of the budgets and warrant articles that have passed each year to calculate average cost per student. Some may take issue with that. But the combined amount of both is how much the taxpayers of Wakefield were asked for.... and were willing to reach into their wallets for..... as they supported the school every year.
I always try to back up my opinions with facts. Here are some that have been provided here:
1: In 2015-16 we approved a total of $9,303,785 to provide school for 600 kids.
In 2020-21, we approved a total of $12,234,890 to provide school for 621 kids.
Thanks to a teacher, I can do the math.
2: Did you notice the "funds returned" column in the chart? Every year except one, they didn't spend all the money we gave them. Sometimes unanticipated revenues, like grants can help create the surplus.
You may have issues with the School Board about the decisions they make and you have every right to tell them that and lobby for changes. But don't ever tell the people of Wakefield that we don't love our kids or appreciate the school and it's staff. That's nothing more than a Big Lie......and we've got the tax bills to prove it.
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