I have two sons that graduated from the Southern Door School District. I am not against education but I also don’t want to be like the surrounding districts where you keep going to the cookie jar every 3 years because you don’t balance the budget. We can’t live that way at home, so why teach our children that it is okay to not budget properly and expect someone to bail you out?
There are countless people that said they were proud of the Southern Door taxpayers for taking a stand and telling their elected officials and administration “NO!” These were business leaders and taxpayers from the districts that passed referendums and said, “Where does it stop?” Every 3 years they keep coming back for more, with no end in sight.
Now our students are being told that AP or certain classes would not be available because the taxpayers don’t support them. NOTHING COULD BE FUTHER FROM THE TRUTH. AS A TAXPAYER, ALL I WANT IS RESPONSIBLE SPENDING!!! Why are certain class numbers dropping off every year? Maybe administration needs to look at what changed. Was the students? NO. The curriculum? No. The teacher? There are great teachers here at Southern Door, but if you are one that is offended by my remarks, maybe you need to take a long hard look at what you are doing. I have spoken with some teachers that have stated “I will do what I have to do for the kids”, and “I have made a difference in a child’s life with a lot less than I have here”. No decisions have been made or directives given by this board to cut any class offerings to date. Yes, there are some tough decisions to be made but not at the expense of a child’s education. Seems some people feel they have the right to BULLY (yes, this is a form of bullying) and threaten students by telling them certain classes won’t be available because the referendum failed. It was very short-sighted and poor planning if there was no back up plan for a failed referendum. To start with, what is offered to our students is the worst possible place to start cutting!
Had you come to us with specific costs, not hide behind it as a “YES” vote for the students, and all along all that was put into the new software was raises; you may very well have had a different outcome. I don’t know of any kids that would benefit from what was put into the software as a necessity.
Call your board members, you say? They don’t return your call or “unfriend” you because you don’t agree with what they want. The taxpayers have spoken and it is time this administration listens. DO NOT take away from our students as a punitive measure because the referendum failed. Start by cutting the fat off the top of the kettle. We have declining enrollment and growing administration; there is something wrong with that. There is a website I stumbled onto by accident and when I posted it and asked questions I became an immediate enemy of the referendum. I was not telling anyone to vote “NO”; I was only referring to it so people would ask questions. Within a few days, after the referendum went down to defeat, the website was gone. Now I see it is back up and running and I want people to ask questions and demand answers of the people that were elected to represent them. Do not take a back seat to what is going on in your district. Take the time to visit the website: www.southerdoorschools.org. Find out for yourself if your tax dollars are being used responsibly.
Kim D. Welch
9264 Lime Kiln Road
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235