Friday, April 25, 2008

Focus on what’s important

Kudos to the Blaine County School District for allocating funds for "forgivable loans" to teachers. In our currently glutted housing market, combined with incentives to not over-develop, these loans are a rational use of taxpayers' money.

I discourage the ongoing thought of having the school district become landlords, however. The effort to align with Harry Rinker and produce additional housing for teachers, though sounding promising, was not a11owed to receive deed-restriction status for teachers per county ordinance. The school district could have become responsible as landlords for residents of subsidized housing. Statistics will show a higher incidence of drug busts, meth fires and potential violence in subsidized housing situations. How can a school district reconcile a "no drugs, no guns" rule at school with potential felonious behavior of their tenants?

Once again, please continue to reallocate funds to recruit and keep good teachers here. Pay them more. Reduce the extent of the beautiful buildings we have, eligible for inclusion in Architectural Digest, reduce the car-lease programs for school administrators, reduce questionable expenditure of taxpayers' money on poor planning initiatives and focus on what's important—money spent rationally on a good investment return.

Jacalyn Mizer


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