Time for schools to reevaluate

Published 9:47 pm Saturday, April 21, 2012

To the editor:

Here we go again — school districts are crying the blues. There’s not enough funding and they need more, more and more.

Where has all the money gone that’s been lavished on the school districts year after year? Each school district has evolved into a mini-empire.

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In Virginia Beach, there are 34 positions that earn over $100,000 a year. We recently attended an event at a Suffolk middle school where there were reserved parking signs for three assistant principals. These systems are weighed down by cushy pensions and benefits, too many feel-good positions, too many bus routes and too many frivolous activities and programs.

The school districts knew that we were heading into troubled financial waters, but did little to prevent the problems they’re now facing.

It’s not too late to start making some long overdue cuts, reevaluate the necessity of some programs and do some sincere fiscal soul searching.

Buddy Wilkins

Suffolk