Voters of Kanawha County are to be congratulated for their insight in rejecting the ill thought-out school levy.
We also owe a big "thank you" to Pete Thaw for having the courage and leadership to speak up and expose the waste and possible alternatives to the "open pocket book" policy presented in the levy.
Do we need more and more taxes? Or do we need better management of what we apply to the noble effort of educating our precious children?
The board tells us we cannot support the libraries. Is this a school levy or library levy? What is the primary focus? It should be the education of our children. Can we use modern technology more effectively?
Apparently the Board of Education missed the cap issue on last year's levy and needed more money.
Well, if these sincere folks failed to see that very important detail, why should we trust their judgment to manage another $24.5 million per year when the budget shortfall is only $4.5 million? Is that a responsible request?
Could it be that those administrators proposing the levy just wanted to make it real easy on themselves instead of doing the tough management work?
Moreover, the board spent $350,000 to conduct the election. That represents about 8 percent of next year's shortfall. Would a good steward of our money spend that kind of money or would they just roll up their sleeves and get about the activity of cost cutting? Now the deficit has increased to $4.85 million.
Let's be clear. There are a lot of very dedicated teachers and assistants in our schools that do a fine job. They are the key to the quality of our educational process. We should support them.