Irvington Parents Unite
This is an arresting moment. I've never met the woman who put up this web site, nor had I met the people distributing fliers at the train station until two weeks ago, when one of them attended the same budget forum I did. Hadn't heard tell of them, either.
Come to find out, as a management philosophy, "We do what we do"* doesn't work any better for other people than it does for me.
Particularly not when superintendents doing what they do doubles the budget in 10 years' time.
compare and contrast
budget school year 2000/2001: $24,124,756 district enrollment: 1744
budget school year 2008/2009: $50,583,424 district enrollment: 1888
Differentiated instruction doesn't come cheap.
2000-2001: 46 teams / 58 coaches
2008-2009: 64 teams / 77 coaches
Sixty four teams, seventy seven coaches, a $50 million dollar budget for 1900 kids --- and no intramural program to speak of.
I wonder why that is.
bonus factoid, part 2
grade 9: 150 students
Kindergarten: 127 students
projected Kindergarten enrollment 2009/2009: 119
* or, alternatively, "The answer is no"
trouble in paradise
more trouble in paradise
another satisfied customer, part 2