OVER the years the Kanawha County school board has asked the taxpayers to pass numerous bond levies. Each time the board said the levies would improve our student's education.
Even after spending untold millions for new schools, computer access, and numerous learning programs, the test scores remain low.
Twenty-two percent of Kanawha County schools were deemed sub-par by the W.Va. Department of Education.
The board has continued to spend frivolously by increasing the superintendents' salary multiple times and continues to hire unnecessary personnel. The recent hiring of security personnel was an insult to taxpayers.
Taxpayers have asked the board on numerous occasions to make cuts at the top and the board continues to ignore the taxpayers and add to the bureaucracy. How many assistant superintendents do we need?
While many in the United States struggle with joblessness and poverty, the Kanawha County school board continues to grow its budget.
Perhaps if the board and the superintendent can't or won't curtail its wasteful spending, the taxpayers should ask the state to take over the county's education system and make the cuts necessary to stay within the current budget.
I am quite sure the available funds would be more than enough for the state to run the school system.
President Obama recently said, "It is time to stop subsidizing schools that are not producing good results." Why should the taxpayers of Kanawha County do any differently?
According to the Charleston Daily Mail, board member Bill Raglin said, "Look at Putnam County, they don't have a cap at all and they have moved ahead of us in terms of salaries with their teachers and their principals."
It is not the responsibility of the taxpayers to subsidize any salary - salaries are generally set by the Legislature.