Volusia school expenses, Flagler student safety, police pay and more



A fiscally sound education?

So, some members of the Volusia School Board are wringing their hands because they do not have enough tax revenue. They are supposed to establish policies that minimize spending and maximize education.

This council recently caved in to the teachers’ union, pushing to initiate a return to represented employees for child care. They admit that an earlier decision by a board to outsource child care has saved schools more than $ 5 million per year. So what? From the first day that outsourcing started, unionists have been touting a dirty story of classrooms. Yes, the contract workers just weren’t able to clean the classrooms. This can only be accomplished by unionized workers. Forget the added cost of $ 5 million. Forget the reality that these saved millions are used for education. Never give in to the story of “dirty” classrooms and this new union-friendly school board would reverse outsourcing. So what about that extra $ 5 million? Is anyone wringing their hands about this?

Often there are cost cutting measures that could be implemented through government outsourcing. The private sector has an inherent interest in operating efficiently – in making a profit. Government organizations just don’t have that same inherent incentive.

Why do we have our schools involved at all in bus transportation? Many schools outsource this work – drivers, administrators, supervisors, buses, garages, repairs … everything. Outsourcing it to a company that can do it efficiently and profitably would undoubtedly cost the school district less. For example, the school pays all of the freight for each bus, while a private company receives a depreciation allowance that allows them to reduce the cost of equipment. This alone provides an outsourcing benefit. It would save our district millions. Rather, those millions could be spent on education. Did the board ask for a bus outsourcing proposal?

A lone walker walks to Ormond Beach Middle School past a long line of backed-up car and school bus drivers on North Ridgewood Avenue on Monday, August 16, 2021 the first day of school.

Finally, I see the board members talking about vouchers for students who choose alternative schools. Here we go again. Alternative schools do not use represented teachers. Maybe board members should ask themselves why students are getting a better education in so many alternative schools? Perhaps there are too many current board members still linked to their past represented? Board members should be isolated from the union.

Nancy Coriale, Daytona Beach Shores

The school board fiasco

I watched the Flagler County School Board meeting live on August 17th. I was appalled by the denigration of people. The school board was under fire from the public, which was so unwarranted. God and religion should not have been used in any discussion. In addition, people from outside our county should not have been allowed to speak.

I work for Flagler County schools and this coronavirus is scary. People should be concerned about the safety of students and staff in Flagler County schools. I worked on this epidemic and the protocols are essential to ensure the safety of all. But it seemed to me that some people only show up to complain and slander the people of our school board.

Do I agree with certain members of our school board? It does not matter. What I do know is that some wanted to make changes that would make the general population happy for the next 90 days, but this motion was defeated by three members of the board.

People think that doctors, nurses, police and others are the only ones working on the front lines of this epidemic. They are wrong! Every school staff member works on the front line.

People have the right to have their opinion, but it is not fair to be angry. We have freedom of speech but respect freedom of speech when you speak.

People need to know what is really going on before they speak and what schools and departments are doing to keep students / staff safe.

Mary Ann Suwinski, Palm Coast

A rational salary comparison

I just read in a News-Journal editorial, “It has become increasingly difficult to recruit and retain agents, especially entry-level positions where salaries are lower than those paid by local retailers and restaurants. “

MIKE SCUDIERO:Cities will have to fight to recruit and keep police officers as wages change

OUR POINT OF VIEW:Officer Jason Raynor gave his life. We must find ways to protect the other agents

This and similar low-wage comparisons have been the cry for years. Can we be more in depth? In 2017, The News-Journal compiled a public payroll database. It may be time to start over since all unionized positions have had increases and new contracts negotiated since.

Let’s be fully informed about firefighters, police, EMS compensation packages and the value of the job. Few can say they can retire in 25 years of service, few have the benefits of solid health plans, paid vacation, sick leave, paid training and education. We shouldn’t be comparing hourly rates, we should be comparing W2s and benefits.

Newton White, Port Orange

Anchored in reality

Often we hear on television that we are examining the “root causes” of poverty in certain countries and that the United States is prepared to spend billions to address them. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that this is all just a fairy tale.

The “root cause” of poverty has three reasons:

  • Lack of good public education (also seen in downtown America).
  • Endemic government corruption at the highest levels.
  • Avoidance of the rule of law.

During my studies in Europe, I became aware of a flagrant abuse of American funds. I informed a US senator, who wrote to me that trying to monitor disbursed US funds would interfere with the internal affairs of another country. So much for the “root cause” of poverty. Taxpayers are taking note.

Gaetano V. Cavallaro, Ormond Beach

It is time to leave

The situation in Afghanistan is tragic, but it is not our tragedy. We did our best, past 20 years, trillions of dollars and an uncomfortable number of American lives (and injuries), all in the hope that the Afghans would get back on their feet and lead their lives as they pleased. , including the establishment of an effective government. . That they seem unable to do so after all this time and effort is not our fault. We shouldn’t waste extra American youth and material, certainly not on a pipe dream to be able to say that those brave individuals who have fallen before have not died in vain. What logic suggests that we should be more likely to die in vain in a perpetually failing cause? If the Afghans don’t want to fight for their country, why should we?

The Afghan army is withdrawing rather than fighting. It is not training; it is a lack of courage. If they care so little about their freedom (and the treatment of their wives), then the fault lies solely with them. We fought and died for what we wanted for our country, and they must do the same. If they do less, their men will go down in history as too weak to defend their rights.

Yet it is their concern, not ours.

Noel Munson, Ponce Inlet



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