The San Marcos local of the Texas State Teachers Association strongly disagrees with the San Marcos Consolidated ISD’s decision to continue holding school board elections in May, at a cost of $100,000 during tough budgetary times. The money would have been better spent on the classrooms and students.
We believe that spending $100,000 during a budgetary crisis to pay for elections is the wrong choice. Classrooms and students, not politics, should be the school board’s first priority.
Had the school board agreed to move the elections to November, the school district would have been spared the $100,000 cost of paying for voting machines. Because of funding problems, the district already has had to cut costs, and many students and staff members are being affected.
The district is seeking waivers to allow elementary school classes to grow larger than the 22-student cap. Keeping classes smaller, providing additional classroom resources, and technology would be a better expenditure of district money.
There were two votes taken during the October 24th meeting. The first vote was for changing the date of the election to November. This vote was supported by the superintendent of SMCISD and failed with a 3-5 vote. The next vote was for the purchase of the voting machines and it passed with a 5-2 vote.
The Teachers Associations in San Marcos are also concerned that this monetary figure may not include the cost of running the elections in regards to staffing costs, advertising, and polling locations.
Crockett Elementary teacher SUSAN SEATON is president of the San Marcos chapter of the Texas State Teachers Association.Email | Print