Needless to say, my district has been embroiled in budget misery and strife for lo these past four years: ever since the crash of 2008.
(Horrifying that I feel compelled to write "crash of 2008." As if it's in the past, which it ... isn't.)
Anyway, the budget.
Every year since the crash, come January, when budget season begins, the district blows up. Without fail. For the next four months we stagger through a war of all against all until May, when we vote on the budget, and the budget passes. Then we do the same thing again the next year, and it doesn't get better; it gets worse. This year's vote was May 15, and I'm still recovering.
After the vote, calm returns and the summer comes, then the fall, then Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas -- and then bam! January is here again, and Oh no! Cuts! Layoffs! Oh no!
Of course everyone is expecting (and dreading) the news, but then, too, everyone is surprised and aghast, and the town convulses.
Why do we have to keep doing this?
I mean, I know why we have to keep doing this (because 4 is not 2), but why do we have to keep being surprised and bushwhacked each January when we find out which beloved young new teacher/guidance counselor will be saying goodbye this year?
Why can't we at least develop a clear picture of what the problem is, show it to everyone, let the truth sink in, and then go from there? With a shared understanding of reality (that being: 4 is not 2) if not a shared agreement on the solution.
Seeing as how nothing so informational seems likely to emerge from the administration or school board, I've decided to take matters into my own hands.
Get the party started.