Tales from the BudComm – differing standards

by Skip

budget-holeWell, the last night of the Budget Season was last Thursday nite. A long nite – from 6:30pm and I didn’t get home until after midnight.  Did we get all of the surface analysis done and talked to all of the right people at mostly the right time?  Yes, the BudComm did.  Sadly, do I think we did the job right?  No, due to a lack of time to really do the second and third level analysis of the data, especially on the School District side (which is about twice the size of the Municipality / Town budget). And a couple of technical problems with the state statutes.

Oh, and on the School District side, standards make a difference.  What do you think about this – do you see what I see?:

NH Board Gilford School
  Num. Of of Education Standard
Students Max Preferred Min Max
Middle School Grade 5 80 30 25 18 23
Grade 6 79 30 18 23
Grade 7 79 30 18 23
Grade 8 84 30 18 23
GMS Total 322

So for anyone out there – does anyone have a utilization model set up already for students / classes / teachers?  Otherwise, I’m going to be creating my own.  After all, the BudComm is the last bastion of defense of the tax payers money, but man, once you start digging, it is more and more digging…

To be continued…

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  • mrwonderful

    So what’s your point, regarding teacher/student ratio? Do you feel a higher ratio is better, educationally speaking? A lower ratio?

    • mrwonderful

      crickets . . .

    • granitegrok

      As a BudComm member, I am concerned with the primarily the budget and not wasting taxpayer monies. WHen I look at the cost of the District and resulting standardized test scores, the result of the latter, even if above average, is not supported by the premium paid out.

      • mrwonderful

        So you really don’t give a rat’s ass what’s best practice from an educational standpoint then do you? Hmmm . . . .

        • granitegrok

          You are conflating two different sets of responsibilities. While it is the School Board’s to determine “best practice” the BudComm is only responsible to see that monies spent are wisely spent and within reason.

          While I do care about practices, try this one for size and tell me if their “best practice” is all that good: http://granitegrok.com/blog/2017/12/tales-budcomm-no-qa-part-1, http://granitegrok.com/blog/2017/12/tales-budcomm-no-qa-part-2

          Spending 10s if no 100s of thousands of $$ on curriculum development without knowing if it is quantitatively helping is stupid at best and just throwing money into a burn barrel at worst. My fight on this area will continue next year.

          In short, their best practice stinks and is not how taxpayer monies should be spent (eg. “well, this looks good – set up a P.O.!”)

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