Wrong NA fix
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Wrong NA fix
I am a father of four children who attend North Allegheny School District. We chose NA because of its reputation as providing a quality education.
I am a proponent of reducing costs within the district and originally supported the concept of closing an elementary school. I read the news story “Community group questions North Allegheny enrollment projections” (Dec. 6 and TribLIVE.com). Afterward, I read the Save NA Schools group's report mentioned in the story and realized that I made a mistake in trusting the district's administrators to make a sound decision.
First, closing a small elementary school (one of 12 total schools) in a district with a $127 million budget should save more like $5 million a year than $850,000 a year. Second, it is clear that at a minimum, the district should re-evaluate its data and analyze this plan again. Finally, what is really driving the deficit problem? Teachers' pensions.
The administration needs to address that problem with something other than cannibalizing schools, reassigning hundreds of students to different buildings and overcrowding classrooms for a pittance that will not solve the deficit problem.
Scott E. Russell
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