I do agree with some of the beliefs you've posted about, however many of them are the result of equal rights. You can't have your cake and eat it too, so please stop with the "poor me" rhetoric.8 months ago
Everyone seems pretty quick to dismiss the charges. Seems more like a PR compaign by the accused and her family than anything. Law enforcement doesn't typically indict when it's just he-said, she-said so there must be more evidence than you're aware of.10 months ago
Don't forget about the absurd decision to remove John Barnes by Union. He lead that team in a positive direction each year he was there. Next year they are poised to be a team with a winning record and it's because of Barnes' efforts. What does he get for the hardwork he put into turning that program around? No support from his administration or the board. Parents today can't seem to realize that when little "Timmy" isn't as good as the top 5-7 players...he isn't going to start or contribute meaningful minutes. So what do they do? Complain to the board, or worse yet...become a member of the board. 11 months ago
I’m disappointed in the citizens of Washington today. Nearly every school proposition in the state passed on Tuesday. The scary part about the results from Tuesday’s vote is it really wasn’t that close. What does that say for the future of our schools? I’d say the future looks pretty bleak.
I give praise to the current administration for identifying a cheaper alternative to the overly ambitious plan of building a High School. This proposition was half the cost of the planned High School and addressed many more of the district’s enrollment concerns.
Many claimed the district was using scare tactics in its message to the public about what will happen if the proposition didn’t pass. Well, unfortunately you will now see that those weren’t empty threats. Our children will now use trailers for classrooms. Music/Art/other teachers will give up their classrooms for mainstream classes and have to travel from room to room. Classroom teachers will no longer be able to prep their rooms during their plan hours as they will be conducting Music/Art/etc during their plan period.
There is no question this will impact the community as well. I can’t imagine anyone feeling good about moving into Washington knowing their kids will be taught in a trailer or the conditions of some of the schools. This is not an overnight effect, but it will happen.
Without a healthy public school we’ll see the decline in the community, which will also impact Borgia. Obviously Washington is in greater economic despair than most communities as one of the many stances against the proposition was people cannot afford to pay more in taxes. This same sentiment was not displayed across the state. Without excess income or high income families, Borgia will lose enrollment numbers which will lead to a higher tuition. Why would high income families move to a declining community? They often don’t care about home prices as much as they do good communities and good schools. I hope I’m wrong, but historical economic data says I’m not.
I’m more disappointed than mad, so please don’t take this as an angry email. I’m disappointed that I have to consider if my future is in Washington or elsewhere.
Apr 4, 2012
I'm sure the original poster is also aware through his extensive research that the current Superintendent was voted to have a salary increase the last two years by the board and she declined the increase. The current administration has done nothing but right the ship that was sinking and put the children first. I hope the community realizes the efforts the current administration has already made and is trying to make going forward. I'd hate to see us lose such a great asset.
Washington's tax levy is one of the lowest in the area and has not requested a levy of this stature in some time.
By voting yes, you vote for your community...not just the school.
I'm sure glad OUR parents weren't so selfish...I can't imagine having community/school pride while having class in a trailer. Apr 3, 2012
Let's look at the tax rates...
Francis Howell = 5.1352
Wentzville = 4.9891
Rockwood = 4.4630
Washington = 3.8060
I think it's pretty clear to see why these discricts were able to build new High Schools...their community isn't afraid to build growth through their schools. Voting no will impact the loss in value to the community much greater than what you will save in property taxes.Mar 21, 2012