I am a parent of 2 children in the Kuna school district. Last night I sat and listened to over an hour of three minute mini speeches in support of re- running the levy and about six minutes of those opposed.
I realized that those fliers sent out (that I did not get) and those that shared that view last night were talking about me. I am the low-income family in Kuna. I am a successful single parent. I work full time, I have qualified for reduced lunches, and I am a homeowner.
Let me be clear. I support the Levy. I support doing it in May so that we have the opportunity to start the fiscal year with all the financial facts needed to glue the system together until an ultimate solution is found. This is going to cost me what, a dollar a day, one I am already paying? So for the cost of a cup of “cheap” coffee I can continue to see progress in the schools? Okay.
I came home and pulled my tax bills out in 2006 my taxes were $1150.96 for 2013 they were $1157.66. This “continued” tax does not scare me! It won’t eve impact me financially, and if I have that $1. a day back in my pocket, I won’t notice it either. I will notice having to pay for student ID cards, parking passes, sports, art classes, band and choir when I register next August.
I listened to responsible spending being a main reason to turn down the levy. I commend the cuts and effort the district has made in the past, and have no doubt you will continue to make these adjustments as they are found. I also see that just like in the lending industry everything being done is with the goal of being transparent; or how would we know about all the items that were “found” in one man’s opinion to be unnecessary…not knowing the specifics of his findings I do not agree or disagree, but with any large organization I am sure there are areas where further headway can be made. The teacher that purchased a personal smart device (if true) sounds to me like an opportunity for some personal reprimand. I don’t discipline both my children when one needs guidance.
As members of the Board, I am sure there is some embarrassment and displeasure that one member has caused so much damage. Again I have not seen the flier but I can tell you my level of trust and respect has been affected by this member. I hope he will be removed from the board as soon as possible. If he has seen issues of misconduct then he is responsible to bring that to light, within his duties and obligation as a Board member; not in an effort to sabotage a levy! Yes he has the right to free speech, and he can certainly use that right to vote no.
The public outcry for a second attempt is the very reason we have the legal option to hold a second vote. If I was a political science major I would be concerned if the option was not presented as a valid opportunity. We are not teenagers throwing a fit. We are concerned community members. I also don’t need a synthetic turf to “win” my vote, but am not opposed to getting one.
My children are my priority and their education is the best chance they have to move beyond the status of low income that divorce has laid at our door. I too remember better financial days, and have spent the last four years streamlining my financial responsibilities. Oh and just for the record I am not opposed to limited pay for play, even if the levy is run again and passes.
Respectfully yours, Laura Abramson