Respecting Mr. Lucaci’s comments in his letter to the editor dated January 24, 2020, there was nothing at all premature when I raised concerns about the school budget. TAPinto Summit ran an article days ago expressly stating that the Board of Education anticipates the 2020-21 Summit Public School District budget will -- for the second year running -- increase by more than the two-percent cap mandated by the state.
I do not criticize the school district for erring on the side of spending to provide Summit’s students with top flight education. That’s the school district’s job. Their understandable bias is to elevate quality over cost. The education-minded volunteer citizens who constitute the Board of Education logically tend to go along.
But there is little equal and opposite push back on cost. The sooner residents organize and object, the more likely there is to be a reasonable outcome on the budget. Mr. Lucaci talks extensively about process in his letter, but he does not deny that the Board of Education, at the end, could raid its cap bank. Last year the Board of Education failed to make the hard choices it needed to make in order to compensate for full day kindergarten. Previous boards have made hard budget choices.
This year, and right now, residents must press the Board of Education to make those hard choices again.
Jim Bennett, Summit