Editorial: Nauset’s $362K “Boutique”

“Talk the talk, now walk the walk”

Nauset region boards have made some expensive decisions lately

School boards in the Nauset region have made some expensive decisions lately and now their chickens are coming home to roost.

Last month we learned that Nauset Superintendent Richard Hoffmann wished to eliminate one of the district’s pre-school classrooms.  The program was under-enrolled and the district would save $132,000 if they eliminated one class.

Angry parents convinced the combined school boards of the Nauset region to reverse Hoffmann’s decision, though the parents failed to offer a creative way to “find” the $132,000 needed to maintain the program.

This week we learned that Nauset’s innovative program to start the day a bit later at the high school has indeed succeeded in reducing tardiness and increasing student performance.  The problem is that the schedule change required changes to the bus schedule, as well.  Originally a savings of $90,000 was forecast for the new transportation plan – but it ended up costing taxpayers an extra $239,000.

It's time for the voters to put their money where their local school board’s mouths are.Certainly there are people in the Nauset region who care passionately about the preschool program, just as there are those who care passionately about the later opening at Nauset Regional High School.  The school boards have listened to their constituents – or at least to their loudest constituents – and made conscious decisions that cost the taxpayers an extra $362,000 per year.

Now it’s time for the parents and other taxpayers to put up or shut up.  While we don’t usually support increases in local taxes, the public appears to have made itself heard on the topic.  Once again, the common sense “country folk” in Eastham have called out the hogwash and object to paying for it.

The choice is a simple one:  either support increases in the school budget to fund “boutique” programs like these two or stop agitating for programs the school district cannot afford.  If the majority of voters (not just the loud ones) don’t support these kinds of programs, then “vote the rascals out” of the school boards and vote down any tax overrides for the schools.

It’s time for taxpayers in the Nauset region to “walk the walk” after their elected officials have “talked the talk”.

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