To the editor:
Just when you think you are too tired to fight anymore, someone says something that lights the fire again. For me it was the quote from Scott Morgan, board of education president, in Sunday’s Journal-World. Mr. Morgan stated “We know what the community doesn’t want us to do, which is everything that’s on our list.”
Really? Out of all of the letters to the editor, the marches, petitions, the school board meetings flooded with community members voicing not only their concerns, but offering real, viable solutions, this is what he thinks? The board has been presented, both individually and as a group, with suggestions that span the entire range of budget categories from which to cut. And these aren’t just vague, emotional recommendations. These are well-researched, fact-based recommendations, submitted by people in the Lawrence community who have professional experience in the area of budget management.
I have attended multiple school board meetings and forums on this topic, and we have been told that “everything is on the table.” I thought the district and the board were looking at all options, which include many recommended cuts that are actually strongly supported by members of the community. Does this mean the only items left on the board’s current list for consideration are those the majority of the community has already spoken out against? If so I would like to know when the other options were removed from consideration. I must have missed that meeting.