It's time for the entire De Soto USD 232 Board of Education to accept the wisdom from High School Musical "We're all in this together."
As a De Soto patron, I do not support dividing the district. I remember the former De Soto School District without western Shawnee and the district did not exemplify the high standards achieved in the current district with the collaboration of resources. Some of the patrons who Randy Johnson represents fail to realize that our De Soto students will be the future taxpayers who will support and contribute to Medicare and Social Security. If we provide the best educational opportunities possible, then patrons will benefit from these future taxpayers. Board members should represent the needs of children in the school environment rather than special interest groups.
As a special education provider, the issue is much more complex than dividing up the buildings and changing boundaries. Special education services and specialty programs like the English Language Learners program are extremely expensive and difficult to staff in a small school district. If you lower teacher salaries or benefits and take into account the shortage of these teachers, you will be contracting mandated services by the state of Kansas at a much higher cost to patrons.
The board of education needs to work cooperatively and support bond issues as a team. If not, "cuts" from the team should be made when these positions come up for re-election. If the only game plan is never support a bond issue, perhaps we need a new game strategy. "Get your head in the game." (High School Musical).
D. Dee Opfer