May 2, 2015
Good Schools at the Expense of Other Town Needs?
Last year I voted for the school budget increase at town meeting and I voted for the Proposition 2 1/2 override vote which was voted down. This year I am so outraged by the Dighton members of the school committee and their attitudes and comments that I will NEVER vote for the D-R School Committee’s proposed budget.
The Rehoboth Finance Committee made a reasonable 3-way proposal to keep our budget in line without having to go for another Prop 2 1/2 override vote (knowing this will never pass in this town). This included the use of free cash and equal cuts to the School Committee proposed budget and the town budget. How dare the Dighton school committee members question how our town spends its money and what our capital needs are. We do not question how Dighton spends their money. That being said I believe the state formula for determining town money contribution in regional school districts is flawed. They take the wealth of the town in property and income into consideration and do not make an adjustment for income disparity in town.
Yes, we have some wealthy residents and some very high-end developments, however most residents are average folks just trying to get by. It’s time our elected state officials do something to address this issue. I believe in great schools -- my son attends D/R High -- but I don’t believe in schools at the expense of other town needs and those residents on fixed incomes.
Jayne Furze, Rehoboth Resident