... Does the Green Lake School District — with almost 100 fewer students than four years ago — need a permanent tax increase approaching 20 percent in order to operate effectively?

This will be on top of any addition in the revenue cap authority; this could cause school taxes in Green Lake to soar over 25 percent this year, for a school district that already supports students at one of the highest rates in Wisconsin at more than $17,200 per student and permanently exceeds the revenue cap by $600,000 per year. Audacious and unjustifiable!

As the former Green Lake district administrator, current Green Lake taxpayer and district administrator of a Wisconsin school district that operates at $10,200 per student in new, fully equipped buildings and grounds for 1,753 students, I am amazed.

Most Wisconsin schools only exceed the revenue cap for the issuance of bonds for school construction.

... Is it true that ... citizens paid more than $7,000 for student lunches and $13,000 was spent for child care for families under Fund 80 last year? Do the majority of classes have fewer than 10 students and are as small as five?

How can all but a few students in grades seven and eight be in a separate charter school? What does this cost?

Why is there an International Baccalaureate program, when 80 percent of the jobs in Wisconsin require a two-year technical school degree?

Why are Green Lake students’ scores on state tests consistently lower than the majority of area school-district students? Why are students leaving the district at such a high rate?

Citizens in a democracy have a responsibility to know what is occurring and delve into the solutions for fiscally unsound governmental operations.

Board members must learn how other schools operate and achieve better results.

Experts can be brought in to present ways to improve the operation of this school district. The budget must be analyzed at a public meeting, so that fiscal responsibility is instilled into the school’s operation.

In these uncertain economic times, citizens must rise up and become concerned about what is in the best interest of the community and children’s futures....

— Nancy C. Burns

West Salem, Wis.

Read the full letter in the Jan. 14, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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