I'm voting no on Munster school referendum

2013-05-06T00:00:00Z I'm voting no on Munster school referendum nwitimes.com
May 06, 2013 12:00 am

To address statements in Munster's pro-referendum pamphlet:

"Without additional funding ... sizes will ... increase to over 40.” Per the Indiana Department of Education website, average class size is 19.3. To reach 40, teachers would be cut by half. Enrollment has gone down by 7.74 percent from 4,457 in 2007/2008 to 4,112 in 2011/2012.

"Minimal Tax Effect." This is an increase of 19.6 percent from the 2013 rate, added to the adjustment above the 1 percent cap. Yes, construction debt is in a different fund. But regardless of where debt is increased, it comes from one pocket -- yours.

"Responsibility." Where was previous oversight? What does the School Board do for their salary (plus benefits)? During a meeting in February, the superintendent admitted to spending money unwisely.

Check facts. Use the school website; read the statistics, contracts, board minutes. Do your research; make up your mind. I did, and I am voting no on May 7.

- Kathleen A. Hernandez, Munster

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