Today I received my property tax bill and the ballot for the school bond. Property taxes had increased quite a bit from last year. The ballot only contained one measure, - the same measure we voted on in May. The school board apparently ignored my vote in May and waste taxpayers money once again for me only to repeat my vote which is NO.
I'm all for education, but against mismanagement and waste of taxpayers money. So let me explain why, in a simple way, so even the government bureaucrats may understand: Buildings don't teach children, - teachers do, - but teachers only perform well if they are inspired and guided by good educational management and that apparently is not the case in Coos Bay. However, there are other choices for parents like private schools, home schooling, online schooling, charter schools etc.. It's called “school choice”.
Ten years from now all schooling may be done over the internet and there will be no need for government school buildings as we know them today. Imagine if you at that time have to pay taxes on empty buildings for the next 15 years – what a joke”.
Oregon schools rank in the bottom between 43 to 47 out of 50 States. The Coos Bay high school ranks 199 out of 283 in Oregon. Student enrollment in the district has dropped more than 5% percent over the last 5 years and the trend will continue as Coos Bay has become a retirement town. (North Bend high school ranks 130 out of 283 – guess better choice if you want a government school).
Building new schools in the millions of dollars and burden retirees with the costs make no sense. Like for old grandma in her wheelchair being kicked out of her little house as she won't be able to pay for the school tax increase – forced to be homeless.
Mr. School Board Chairman why do you want to push grandma over the cliff, - where are your compassion.
Most important for the citizens of the School District send a message to the wasteful government bureaucrats: VOTE NO ON THE SCHOOL BOND, it's not needed and it's bad for Coos Bay. Concentrate about improving education.
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