POTTSTOWN PA – The public – or at least 42 public readers who responded to a “How Would You Cut” the Pottsgrove School District budget? poll published Thursday (Feb. 13, 2014) in The Sanatoga Post – by a slim margin (above) trusts district administrators to do that job.
Choosing the administration to make nitty-gritty decisions on what stays or goes in Pottsgrove’s $63 million proposed 2014-2015 budget, before it is presented to the Board of School Directors for approval, topped the poll’s results with 13 votes, or 31 percent.
Choosing the school board to make those decisions came in second, with 12 votes or 29 percent.
Ten readers, or 24 percent, wanted to make the decisions themselves in a referendum. That placed third.
And seven readers, who took the opportunity to offer their own personal thoughts as a vote (at right), were pretty much split between the top two choices.
The poll arose from a discussion held last Tuesday (Feb. 11) between directors David Faulkner and Rick Rabinowitz during the board’s meeting. Faulkner said board members, not administrators, should determine which specific items to cut from the spending plan. Rabinowitz disagreed, saying the board should determine how much the district should spend or wants to afford, and then let administrators propose what to eliminate.
The Post Poll was intended to gauge where readers weighed in on the issue. It certainly wasn’t scientific. It may not even be enlightening. Hopefully, it was fun. Managing Editor Joe Zlomek thanks all who participated and, with a tip of his hat to Faulkner, apologizes that the results were not available Friday (Feb. 14) as promised. Let’s just say Zlomek was snowed under.
Related (to the Pottsgrove schools’ 2014-’15 budget):