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Top-heavy education is a waste of money

It has been a week since the town meeting about the budget crisis in our schools. I was one of the vocal advocates for consolidation of our 11 school districts. After listening to the concerns of many who are opposed, my feelings on this issue have not changed. The ratio of administrative salaries to students is too high. The cost of maintaining separate offices is a redundancy. Supporting this top-heavy system is wasteful. Allowing administrators to ignore their responsibilities to our children is a crime.

One estimate for the savings that we would realize with unification is more than $2 million annually. The benefits in shared resources under competent management could add much more to the package.

I respect the feelings of those who feel that they have more input into the smaller systems. But we have all observed the abuses when administrators and trustees do not respect the students, parents or faculty. The lower ratio of administrators to students is no guarantee of quality. It is just expensive. It is sucking funds from classrooms. I believe that it is eroding the quality of education in this county.

Babette Donaldson

Nevada City

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