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DeanFetterolf
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BOS Cannibalizes School Budget
      #1679092 - 04/08/12 11:56 AM (71.62.116.57)

The annual Board of Supervisors school budget cannibalism project is underway.

Stafford has the 7th highest median household income in the US yet as the 10th largest school district in VA we rank 73rd out of 132 in total per pupil expenditure.

According to the VA Dept. of Ed Superintendents annual report for FY11 the BOS local contribution of $4,284 is 20.24% below state average of $5,371.

The County Administrator's claim that the FY13 budget is the highest dollar amount of county general fund transfer to school operating expense fails to restore the millions misappropriated from the school's health care fund for a 1 time election year raise. Sorry, that $4M increase is a 10% solution compared to the $40M of well documented needs! In SCPS 10% is failing.

Over the past 9 years an average of 46.7% of County General fund was transferred to school operating expenses.

For the FY13 budget the operating fund transfer is 42.7%, a relative decrease of 4%.

What is the impact of repeated budget shortfalls on classroom instructional integrity?

SCPS has the 5th highest K-7 student teacher ratio in VA.
Our 5-7 year old computers won’t run the newest classroom software.

SCPS has 88 outdated school buses that cost $1/mile more to operate than new ones.

SCPS has the lowest average teacher salary in NVA by $8,500 to $17,000 and the only area school with a lower starting teacher salary is King George by $1000.

SCPS employees nearing retirement do not need another raid on the health care benefit fund. However, I expect that to happen again.

In a 4/15/11 email from the county CFO to Supervisors it was noted “We are glad that the schools are addressing their liability. Their desire to put money into a trust is not a bad thing. Whether $10M of $5.5M goes into the trust, we will brag about it.”

The SCPS Budget is nothing to be bragging about?

No more budget root canals, how about a root cause analysis!

Throughout the Comp Plan process the Rockhill Supervisor boasted that developers would pay for the cost of impact on taxpayer funded services such as schools, roads and parks.

Clift Farms, the first major new rezoning in years is before the Stafford BOS and you propose a $22M proffer giveaway to the developer. The current proffer guidelines only collect 53% of the true cost of taxpayer funded services. The BOS is likely be cut the underfunded guidelines nearly in half.

Don’t you think that money could be better spent on schools, roads, and public safety than on BOS re-election campaigns?

Citizens watch your wallets and the increased congestion.

Edited by DeanFetterolf (04/08/12 11:58 AM)


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cassandra&sarasdaddy
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Re: BOS Cannibalizes School Budget [Re: DeanFetterolf]
      #1679099 - 04/08/12 04:12 PM (76.120.213.58)

really dean?
"SCPS has 88 outdated school buses that cost $1/mile more to operate than new ones."
elaborate on your sound bite

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DeanFetterolf
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Re: BOS Cannibalizes School Budget [Re: cassandra&sarasdaddy]
      #1679104 - 04/08/12 10:36 PM (71.62.116.57)

School Board 2011 Finance and Budget Advisory Committee Report

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MisterB
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Re: BOS Cannibalizes School Budget [Re: cassandra&sarasdaddy]
      #1679179 - 04/09/12 04:12 PM (67.142.167.20)

Quote:

really dean?
"SCPS has 88 outdated school buses that cost $1/mile more to operate than new ones."
elaborate on your sound bite




How about a ladder truck that costs $9.21 per mile depreciation plus fuel and maintenance?

If you want to talk about government waste just take a look at the proposed Stafford Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

The plan calls for buying 5 ladder trucks with an average cost of $1,105,000 over the next ten years. If these trucks last for an average of 120,000 miles they would depreciate at $9.21 a mile. This depreciation cost dose not include fuel or maintenance costs.

These expensive trucks should be parked most of the time to save money, but the chief's policy is to use them for all fire and rescue calls. Ladder trucks are obsolete for transporting patients in rescue calls, therefore the County could save a lot of money by using ambulances for rescue calls.


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DeanFetterolf
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No Summer Remediation for 2000 Struggling kids [Re: DeanFetterolf]
      #1680306 - 04/25/12 03:00 PM (153.31.113.20)

2000 elementary students who did not pass the SOLS or aren't being promoted will not have summer remediation programs.

Thanks BOS for balancing the school budget on the backs of those students who need the most help.


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Re: BOS Cannibalizes School Budget [Re: cassandra&sarasdaddy]
      #1683664 - 06/03/12 10:37 PM (71.62.70.146)

I don't know about the exact number of outdated buses that Stafford operates, but it has a considerable amount of busses dating back to at least 1996. Many of these busses are plagued with opeartional difficulties due to their advanced ages that they really should be taken off the road. The Stafford County Student Transportation does it's best to make sure that the kids get to school when they are supposed to be there and the drivers are really awesome people, but if their hands are tied, they can only do but so much. Prince William County has A/C on their busses and Stafford only has less than 10 out of about 305. Don't people want the best for their kids? Pick on some other pork barrell project. Stafford County has an anti-bullying policy but is the BOS so far above it that they have to take it out on the kids at school?

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cassandra&sarasdaddy
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Re: No Summer Remediation for 2000 Struggling kids [Re: DeanFetterolf]
      #1683734 - 06/04/12 02:20 PM (76.120.213.58)

Quote:

2000 elementary students who did not pass the SOLS or aren't being promoted will not have summer remediation programs.

Thanks BOS for balancing the school budget on the backs of those students who need the most help.





oh dean? how do you know on april 25th how many kids aren't passing sol's? my kids just taking hers.... if the voters only knew you were clairvoyant

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