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Letter: Regarding the Busing Issues

I’d like to know upon what legal authority the school board based its decision to cease in-house busing operations and determined that it was proper to discharge the employees working in that operation. If we had proper legal advice that this was permissible, then why would we lose a court case and have to rehire and remit back pay to those employees? If we didn’t have proper advice, then why was it done?

On a related issue, I also believe that the budgeting process for the school budget is wrong and only serves the interested parties, not the public who is paying the costs through school taxes. The tax base and spending limit should be presented and voted upon first. After that is determined, then the various contracts should be negotiated because the board will know exactly how much money is available. By doing the contracts first and then coming to the public with an increase under the guise that we have to increase by such and such since we are contractually liable for various costs, just presents the scenario that we either must pass the budget as presented and/or suffer cuts in other areas since the fixed costs have been set. This is wrong and does not serve the taxpaying public.

Paul Drezner