Below is a copy of a letter I sent to Loudon County school board members, commissioners and others. I'm really fed up with hearing that Loudon County doesn't support education.
To whomever cares,
This letter is in response to the News Herald article in the May 26-27 issue included below.
I have read and reread the article several times and if the report is accurate I'm just about as mad as I've ever been. Two quotes stand out in particular.
present, education is a low priority in Loudon County, according
How could anyone make such an outlandish statement, that education is a low priority in Loudon County. The Loudon County education system is sucking the financial life out of Loudon County tax payers and has been doing so for a very long time.
Currently the school system takes 65% of all county property taxes while the rest of the county operations must get by on the leftover 35%. But I guess if it were up to our administrators they would take it all. The Loudon County School system has become a bottomless money pit. Any financial challenges whether real or perceived are not due to a lack of money but from horrendous mismanagement of the millions of tax payer dollars wasted by the school system.
If anyone has a low priority for education in Loudon County it's the current and past boards and administrations who have literally thrown away millions upon millions of dollars and continue to do so. To insinuate county commissioners and/or the tax payers have a low priority for education is just wrong.
And to Dr. professor Ubben, the reason Loudon County voters/tax payers overwhelming voted down the wheel tax and a sales tax increase is because they are a lot smarter than you and your kind think they are. They have seen just how irresponsible the school board has been with their hard earned tax dollars and refuse to willingly hand over any more and who can blame them.
Honeycutt said the school district continues to struggle to prevent drop-outs, but the county statistics paint a different picture, because the numbers are for education levels and economic conditions are skewed by the Village.
Honeycutt explained, "Many retirees are well-educated - it looks like there's a higher education level than represented by homes the children come from.
If correct, the above statement is even more egregious than the first. If the implication is what it seems, every Loudon County parent with a child in the school system should be outraged. The suggestion that people in one part of the county are better educated or smarter than people from other areas of the county is beyond the pale and a slap to the face of every Loudon County resident. Then to try to blame the schools financial issues on less than educated parents, there are no words.
And finally, I've had it right up to my eyeballs with these prissy little social organizations who hold their tea's and brunches, clap their hands, stomp their feet and try to point out what the issues are. Mostly you have no idea what you're talking about. You have speakers who come in and spout out incorrect and false facts and figures and you take it as gospel never checking for the truth or as Rush Limbaugh says, you just drink the Kool-Aid.
The Loudon County school system will never improve till the day we have a majority of board members, administrators and educators who are willing to put their own self centered, self serving agendas aside and take the education of our children seriously.
If you really want the facts, just let me know.
Loudon County Schools in danger of losing state funding