Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Change is needed at School District

    The Blaine County School District, under the direction of its last two superintendents, has diversified into a lot of matters beyond its educational abilities and background experiences.  The district administration has led our school board members into matters that they are unqualified to make intelligent and efficient decisions on. As a result, the School District is wasting tens of millions of dollars.
    Now that they have built this money-consuming empire, they have lost focus on the job at hand, which is the education of our children. Our administrators and board members are in over their heads. Look no further than the geothermal heating project that has ended in an expensive lawsuit.
    There are two solutions to this wasteful spending, one being a separate, more qualified, salaried board made up of a CPA, an MBA, a licensed engineer, a construction manager and a personnel manager, for examples. Surely the School District could scrape together $150,000 to $200,000 to salary these professional, knowledgeable members.
    The other solution would be to consult an efficiency company to do an in-depth study of Blaine County schools as they operate today. This onetime study might be expensive but probably would save millions of dollars in the long run by pinpointing wasteful, unnecessary spending.
    Wake up Blaine County, the $7 million carryover from last year’s budget could go a long way in funding our road and bridge repairs.
Tom Richmond
Blaine County

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