We should just send all our students to private schools for this price!

by Skip


school-choice1The more things don’t change…I said similar things during my time on my hamlet’s Budget Committee while evaluating our School District’s budget – it was always a case of that old joke “Go ahead, find the boots”*.  I’ve been off the BudComm for a few years now but nothing has changed – lower enrollements and higher costs.  As I said during a BudComm meeting last week, it seems that the School Board is not working for the taxpayers and protecting their tax monies but an active agent for the teachers union.

Anyways, that above quote is from the current BudComm Chair Norm Silber – and I agree with it totally (and glad he’s one of our NH House Reps):

Gilford Budget Committee chairman criticizes amount spent on schools

GILFORD — Gilford spends $22,000 a year on each of its students, but ranks in the middle of the state on standardized tests, and that’s made Budget Committee Chairman Norman Silber unhappy.

It SHOULD make every taxpayer unhappy – including slobberin School Board sycophants (and educators) Joe Wernig and Debra LaLiberte (who revisted her political sashaying and posturing (I gotta resurrect that video of her literally impolitely sashaying and berating the BudComm) – I guess NO BudComm Chair or member is every good enough for her.  It is either “give the School Board all that they want” or the highway. That haughty arrogance both abounds and suffuses through the whole Edu-Industrial Complex.  And then you wonder how they have public school costs the same or much higher than private schools?

And here’s the Yugo part:

Silber took the opportunity at the end of the Budget Committee’s public hearing Thursday on the proposed 2017-18 budget to tell the sparse audience that research from the state Department of Education indicates that tests taken last last school year show that of the 58 school districts in the state, Gilford ranked 25th.

He estimated the district spends $22,000 per student, has a 10 to 1 average student-teacher ratio, has a 24 percent free-and-reduced lunch population and an average SAT score of 1160. The numbers show that 64 percent of the students were proficient in English and 49 percent were proficient in mathematics.

“I am not impressed,” he said, adding the school district is paying “Cadillac prices for Yugo results.”

I used to point this stuff out all the time.  The School Board / SAU’s own materials used to pat themselves on the back with 95+% of “Highly Qualified Teachers”.  Well, when you have such, and paying for such, we SHOULD expect much, much better results.  Year after year, excuse after excuse for not attaining the results we pay our employees to deliver.  In the private sector, they’d be paid.

Here, they get a raise outstripping the average and median income levels of the town’s residents.  Yet again, I had to ask “Who is now the Public Master and who is the public servants?  Who is working for whom?”.  And we see this over and over again all over NH – again, the arrogance of School Boards rivals the most hard-core Progressive in their “We know what is best for you – don’t get in our way!”


…He said the function of the Budget Committee is to be “the watchdog for the public taxes.”  I used to say that the BudComm was the last bastion of defense for taxpayers – it was clear from the meeting I went to that the School Board (and the SAU staff that showed up) still believe that the BudComm ought to lay down for them the way they do for the union:

In a previous meeting, the Budget Committee had earlier voted 6 to 3 to reduce the proposed 2017-18 budget to this year’s default budget plus the bond payment for the elementary school or $25,903,694. Superintendent Kirk Beitler said the School Board met briefly after Thursday’s public hearing and voted not to recommend the Budget Committee’s adjusted budget.

Of COURSE they did.  Waaaaaaaaa.  Crybullies.

Voters will get once chance to change the bottom line of the budget at the deliberative session of School District Meeting on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Gilford High School auditorium.

You betcha – and I hope for lesser.  They’re already working off a lessened budget this year as the Town folks rejected their budget as well.

Gosh, it’s almost like they’re all Democrats for the way they want more money for the lack of results these employees are giving  us.

Oh wait…..

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  • mer

    School budgets should be tied to X-dollars per pupil plus any debt servicing. Enrollment goes down, total budget should go down. The decreasing enrollment plus increasing budget is what makes no sense at all to a taxpayer.

    • DNH

      There’s an economy of scale with a large enrollment that disappears as the number of students is reduced. Administrative staff, building maintenance, utilities — all these costs have a floor that they don’t drop below even if a school is mostly empty.

      Outsourcing to private schools (See the Croydon case) and consolidated school districts are two effective ways to control costs, but towns can still face a big tax bill if they have special needs students or can’t broker a deal with neighboring towns.

  • Ed Naile

    Whole lot of spending, sapping the municipality’s wealth, creating little of value.

    • Bruce Currie

      Spoken like the Philistine you are. In fact, good schools improve real estate values, and the overall quality of life in a community.

      • Ed Naile

        I believe it was YOUR school superintendent who sold that false belief to taxpayers in Hillsboro/Deering.
        Dr. Corrivieu – the “I’m going to turn a school around and retire.” salesman and construction guru.
        Let’s see, the budget went from $7 million to $20 million in a few years with a huge drop in students.
        Exactly where was the return for that investment in increased property values?
        Also, I caught Dr. Corrivieu with a quiet little plan to get a bonus for passing a school bond. Once exposed in the local papers that ILLEGAL payoff for a political action.
        The wording went like this:
        “The Superintendent will receive a bonus for helping pass a school construction bond.”
        Once I pointed out, publicly, that since there was not even a mention of how much the “bonus” would be, the good doctor would claim it was intended to be ten times higher than offered – after the passage of the bond.
        Then the school board would, like they always do, settle for a higher amount rather than fight it out in court. (See Weare Police Dept. for payoffs to bad employees.)
        When another paper in Hillsboro claimed I was misinforming people about the issue I published a copy of the plan the school board signed.
        Remember, I live in Deering and see what goes on at your school.
        Higher paid incompetent teachers are not better teachers.
        SAU #34 is little more than a jobs program for local mothers and the standard government school cabal. The more employees of the school in town, the faster budgets get passed.
        At least I am informed Philistine. Though I feel I am more of a Visigoth.

  • DNH

    That $22K per student, is that the median or the mean? A few special needs students could really skew the average.

    • Ed Naile

      Now we are getting to the heart of the issue.
      In a private school you would expect to know how many special needs students are being educated.
      Not so in the government school. The special needs account is where budgets are padded. And over the years the schools and courts have consolidated their efforts to keep that account secret from the taxpayers.

  • Bruce Currie

    Critics of public schools should feel free to take a sample SBCC test here: https://www.smarterbalanced.org/assessments/practice-and-training-tests/

    Passing grades for the SBCC have been set at the “Proficient” level, based upon results from federal NAEP test results. In the past, “Basic” had always been regarded as a passing score on standardized tests, akin to a “C”. “Proficient” was considered equivalent to a high B or even an A -. Not any more. Most kids who take the S-B tests will fall short of “proficient”, as they always have. The test is designed to fail more than half of students. The CC is supposed to be about “college and career readiness”. But how can one test be suitable for the student bound for an Ivy League school, the one who intends to become a plumber, and the one who plans to join the military?

    • Navy Nuke

      Took one… not impressed.

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