At least keep the schools straight

Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 8:17 AM
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  • "Despite what some of our idiot "facts"-out-of-thin-air website commentators think, this district -- its administrators and teachers -- and this school board, genuinely care about the kids. They do a pretty good job, too, within the limited resources the state lets them have. They're not out there wasting money hand over fist." I now understand what your opinion of the residents of this community. I find this to be a strange way to try to sell newspapers or to try to promote a school district that "educated" many of these contributors.

    "It won't increase your taxes because you're already paying the amount they're asking voters to renew." This is not completely true; my taxes will be lower if it does not pass. I understand that I am an "idiot "facts"-out-of-thin-air website commentators" but, fortunately, I live in America where we are free to express or opinions.

    -- Posted by jtrotter on Wed, Jan 15, 2014, at 9:36 AM
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    Your own statement is a lie.

    "Which won't cost a dime of district money (see last week's story)"

    Who pays a lawsuit if a child is hurt? The taxpayer would via the school district.

    If you remember the levy was a "TEMPORARY" 2 year levy; we have had it for almost 4 years.

    You say your taxes won't go up, we your wrong they ARE ALREADY UP. They would go back down to where they should be.

    You should actually try taking a journalism class and not be a propaganda minister for the school district.

    -- Posted by Trouble2011 on Wed, Jan 15, 2014, at 9:38 AM
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    Dear Kelly Everitt:

    Thank you for your School District and Civics 101 lesson for the week. Your long description of how things actually work was enjoyable to read, easy to understand and answered some lingering questions.

    I would like to encourage our School District Administration and School Board members to publish a weekly article in this newspaper to keep the citizens and taxpayers informed. Maybe you, as the Editor could make this happen.



    -- Posted by bondyweb on Wed, Jan 15, 2014, at 10:12 AM
  • Mtn. Home School Distrist does have some great employees and officials who care a lot. I know for a FACT.

    I want to say THANK YOU to all of them.

    For everything negative that is said, there is a positive. It's just too bad we don't voice positive thoughts the way we do negative ones.

    -- Posted by ktlm on Wed, Jan 15, 2014, at 10:55 AM
  • I find it interesting that on the one hand, our schools are overcrowded, and we can't afford teachers and the cost to educate all of the students in the school district, and on the other hand, McKenna opening up a grade school would in fact take a load off the MHSD would it not? Not only that, but it gives people in MH a CHOICE!! Something that scares the heck out of the MHSD. A little 'competition' never hurt anyone did it? In fact competition raises the standards and that is just what MHSD needs. I find it ironic that MHSD and Kelly Everitt do not appreciate McKenna coming in and trying to open a grade school in this town. They have obviously done a tremendous job in their alternative high school, as you yourself said Kelly, they have stolen away some of the town's finest teachers! I may be way off base, but I certainly get the feeling that this scares some people. Well, when you rattle on and on about how this school district just cares for the kids and that's the bottom line, I don't see how that is any different than what Mr. Larry Slade and his school are trying to do as well. Why try to stop them? Isn't it the kids we should be thinking of? Also, let us parents decide which school we think is best for our own children. If MHSD were doing all the wonderful things it purports to be doing, then they woudn't have a care in the world about some charter grade school coming in now would they?

    It's funny how schools are funded by taxpayers, and we are parents AND taxpayers, but yet no one is wanting to give us a say in the matter. The MHSD as an entity is a Bully, and as is always the case, Bullies can dish it out but they can't take it.

    -- Posted by NotInTheClick on Wed, Jan 15, 2014, at 11:56 AM
  • Here are some further interesting facts Kelly---actual facts as opposed to what you decide is your "Meandering Of the Moment."

    McKenna gets what they get as far as funding---no levy for them---THEY HAVE TO OPERATE WITH WHAT THEY HAVE---NO EXTRA MONEY due to abuse of power/budgeting.

    McKenna built their current building with a PLAN---see, McKenna's Board decided they would have that new structure paid off in a set period of time. THEY PAID IT OFF EARLY!

    Kelly's take of the week regarding McKenna..."But, for example, if they want to build a building, they just go get a loan for it and build it. Regular public schools can't do that. They have to get "supermajority" (2/3rds) voter approval for a bond."

    They just go and get a loan for it! Really? Just that easy? Just walk into the bank and say "I want some money." Just that easy! Glad you gave us that EZ lesson in finance there Kelly. Simple terms so the "IDIOTS" can understand.

    If the Mountain Home School District and MHSD Board operated with ANY DEGREE OF INTEGRITY---the "IDIOTS" of this community would support them. But you see, people get tired of the lies and misrepresentations made. The memory is a wonderful thing at times.

    The truth shall set you free! In this case, it has enslaved the MHSD and their Board. Now the BIG question is this---WILL THE "IDIOTS" vote for yet another levy for the MHSD?

    You do this community a great disservice Kelly in your "Editorials." I hope the MHSD and their Board paid you for the space for their ad. You are a puppet. A tool. Do you ever get tired of being used? Just wondering.

    -- Posted by OpinionMissy on Wed, Jan 15, 2014, at 3:50 PM
  • On a side note---someone during the last levy meetings put on by the MHSD (held at the MH Public Library) asked the MHSD to do an audit with a 3rd party to see if their spending was really in line with the budget, cuts, etc. THEY DID NOT WELCOME THAT. The "IDIOTS" wonder why. IT was a community leader and business owner that suggested this to Mr. Gilbert and Mr. McMurtrey in that public forum. Their response was that "they are audited."

    I really hope that people take a VERY hard look at what is really being done with money by the MHSD and their Board.

    McKenna provides their students with a good education and foundation for "real life" issues. Can we say the same of the MHSD? Me thinks not but then again, I am just one of the "facts"-out-of-thin-air website commentators" who has spent COUNTLESS hours gathering the REAL facts on the MHSD and their MYTHS/LIES and edited "truths." We have a nuclear situation (the MHSD's favorite term) brewing here----ELECTION DAY. May the "IDIOTS" be out in force for this one! We better hope that MHSD employees/family are not the only ones who turn out to vote.

    Last point Kelly---when does this "temporary levy" become permanent because it has been voted in so many times? YOU NEGLECTED TO INCLUDE THAT IN YOUR "FACTS."

    -- Posted by OpinionMissy on Wed, Jan 15, 2014, at 4:09 PM
  • "But McKenna also will take kids these days who aren't "at risk," if they pass the entrance approval criteria. As long as it doesn't push their student-to-teacher ratios up too high, something public schools have little control over."

    McKenna also does not turn students away based on a student to teacher ratio. However, they are limited by fire code as to the number of people that can be in the building.

    "But, for example, if they want to build a building, they just go get a loan for it and build it."

    You are correct in the fact that they can take out a loan for a building "if" they can find a bank to loan them the money. Keep in mind that if they take out a loan it has to be paid back out of their general fund. You know,....the same general funds that MHSD gets. They can't ask the community for another bond or implement a levy to pay for it.

    -- Posted by TundraRat on Thu, Jan 16, 2014, at 1:32 PM
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