Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Tough choices for Elmbrook Schools

I couldn't believe my ears. Gary Jones was saying, one way we could save several million right now would be to not put air conditioning in the high schools. we won't be able to turn them on in a few years.

 Dave ross said heating costs would be higher this winter, Allgiaer made a list of tough choices and the words "closing a school" were uttered more than once.

Gibson said we could increase revenue: 4K, open enrollment, 220, etc

Allgier gave a for example: increase class size by 20% to reduce the QEO

I think it is a lot easier to cut something out that the students never had. I am talking about the air conditioning. Our high schools haven't had it, so it won't have the impact on students that increasing class sizes would. Jones comment, that we will install it and then never have the money to turn it on indicated he is thinking about the hard realities of Elmbrook's financial situation. We should NOT be putting in air at Pilgrim either. If a room is particularily hot, add exhaust fans or ceiling fans and install windows that open well.

Gibson is already hedging. Increase revenue he says. We do that by brining back 4K, looking at 220 and open enrollments. The Elmbrook taxpayers sent the message to the board that they want our schools for our students. The article about charting nonresident students did not answer the question of how much they really are costing us.

Shorewood overbuilt and now they have 16% nonresident students in their schools. Voters approved our referendum that increases classroom space beyond our needs.  Any guesses what Dr. Gibson might want to do with that space? Seemed he was more interested in increasing revenue (adding more students) than cutting spending.


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