The budget for the Prince William County Public Schools is being hammered out, and so far a majority of the School Board seems to be inclined to defer school constructions and renovations in favor of giving school administrators a 6% pay raise. For some members of the board, the first thing to cut are facilities for students. I’m not quite sure this is the right approach.
There are some possible alternative places where savings could probably be found, and which won’t actually impact the students in a direct way. First on the list should be the Multi-Cultural Department. Fairfax County doesn’t waste money on a department like this, nor does Loudoun County. I haven’t yet found another jurisdiction in Virginia that feels the need to propagate leftist propaganda within the school system and act as an incubator for future leaders of Mexicans Without Borders as Prince William County has done. What this costs the county is unclear, since the Superintendent’s budget doesn’t break out the costs, but this is something we certainly can do without.
It seems a little odd that when we have some schools in such need of renovation and refit and can’t afford to address these problems, but we can still seem to find money to have a bunch of administrators that don’t seem to be providing value for our students, many of whom earn six figure salaries, and be boosting their pay by more than what the overwhelming proportion of county taxpayers will get this year. Raising salaries for teachers makes sense, but salary raises like this for administrative staff whose value for students is questionable at best just makes no sense at all.
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