Why I Voted No for the School Levy
Ok, So the Parma schools, for as long as I can remember, has been begging for money. They get more, mis-manage it, and than want MORE. So why did I vote No today on a levy that would support my mother’s job? Well, it really has nothing to do with the begging for money, it has all to do with the marketing of the levy.
Today’s campaign was virtually non-existant. They tried to push it through silently, hoping that the normal gaggle of no-voters would stay away because they were unaware of the vote in the first place. Still, when I saw 2 highschool kids holding Save our Schools signs in front of my voting place, it cemented my No vote.
When I was in 11th grade, the schools were trying for a levy (as usual). This was just after a corruption scandal had broken and the treasurer had been bought out. One day, all of the honors students (those in the top 15% of the class or so) were visited in our classes by the school’s administration. We were asked to volunteer for the levy campaign. Of course, the consequences of NOT volunteering and of the levy NOT passing were dire, including:
l of Honors Classes at the High School Level
* Removal of sports
* Removal of one of the 3 school swimming pools in the district (we have 3 high schools, each with their own pool)
* and more miscellaneous threats.
If we did volunteer, we were promised a warm fuzzy feeling and it was also hinted that college admissions officers would look favorably at this community service (At the time, we were all brainwashed to believe that getting into college was akin to Godzilla trying to break out of a maximum security prison: possible, but very very difficult – even for us honor students)
So they basically decided to use students (us at the time, those 2 highschoolers today) as the poor puppy-dog eyed reason to give the incompetent school board more money.
Today the teachers & staff were not inconvienced and asked to come out and push for the levy – the children were. Children who have 3 weeks of freedom left before school starts, and when it starts, receive no compensation for their time or reward. All they get is the satisfaction that the boogey-man won’t take away their favorite class or sport, and that the board members and administrations can sit comfortably in an airconditioned office (airconditioning that most of the schools lack, by the way) and dream up more new ways to spend money.
That’s why I voted No to an additional levy. Sorry PCSD – until you get your act together, make a valid case for why you need more money (Even honestly saying “Hey, we wasted it again but we will use it now for …”), and STOP THE SCARE TACTICS AND THE USING OF STUDENTS – My vote on additional levys is no. Renewals – I evaluate those on a case-by-case basis.