One can also question the wisdom of past decisions: building the new Eagle Elementary School, while spending $5 million to renovate Clarksville Elementary, only to close it two years later. Is this the best use of taxpayers’ money?
This year’s school “budget gap” is essentially equal to staff pay raises & benefits increases. I believe the question that everyone should be asking themselves when voting on the budget, is why are we cutting teachers while raising taxes by 4% to pay for sizeable salary & benefit increases? This is not affordable, justifiable, or sustainable, given our current economic conditions.
Without a serious commitment by the Bethlehem administration and unions, we are faced with repeating this pattern over & over the next several years. I urge all Bethlehem taxpayers, parents, students, & union members to speak out against this budget to school administrators, union leadership and the Board of Education. In my opinion, a “NO” vote on May 15th on this budget is a positive vote for our kids, this school district and our town.
Fred Di Maggio
Chairman, Bethlehem Republican Party