Proud As Can Be Of The New Loudoun School Board

By Loudoun Insider

I am so happy that we have a new reform minded School Board in office now.   It’s already paying dividends with the coddling treatment of Superintendent Hatrick over and done with.  Except for the three holdovers that is – nominal Democrat Brenda Sheridan; Jen Bergel, another nominal Democrat who was re-elected with the stealth and not so stealth support of much of the Republican establishment; and Tom Reed, who somehow says that he’s a Republican and was helped to the LCRC endorsement by Republican lobbyists who are pals with Bergel and local Democrats.  Expect to see a lot of 6-3 votes with the three obvious liberals protecting the bloated status quo on the losing side.

Congratulations to new Chairman Eric Hornberger and Vice-Chair Jill Turgeon on their election, who the three big spenders basically didn’t vote for.  Ousted Chairman John Stevens showed up to watch the reorganization, surely trying to plot his return.  Too bad supposed Republican Joe Guzman, who endorsed Stevens over Debbie Rose didn’t show, they really could have had a pity party then.


Comments

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Holy cow, John Stevens just can’t let it go – he’s blogging more than ever, with special emphasis on Debbie Rose, who kicked his butt, but with even less commenting or caring about his opinion from anyone:

    http://blog.loudounschools.org/

    I don’t think he realizes his fifteen minutes are up.

  • Baron Rosedown says:

    Stevens has also created a FB group page, in addition to posting his new school blog on his FB account. It would appear he is enacting his revenge and plotting a come back, already.

  • G. Stone says:

    Stevens and others will go after the reform effort because it makes their reign on the board at a minimum look like enablers. It is my take they and previous boards should shoulder equal blame for having constructed a model over a 20 year period that can’t keep up with growth because the hundreds and thousands of decisions over time in the collective lacked vision. Like I have said before the rebuilding of a new model to serve Loudoun for the next 25 years must be from top to bottom.
    I too am proud of Debbie Rose for asking the tough questions. It is my hope she and her seat mates stay the course, ignore those with vested interests in the old model and remain focused like a laser on reform, rebuilding the infrastructure that is LCPS and begin the much needed process of making this system operate within the confines of the new economic reality.

  • Elder Berry says:

    It should be interesting to watch this group try to dismantle the excellent public education system that Loudoun County has built, in the disguise of saving money. The one thing that has correlated with improved education is higher teacher salaries. Hard to imagine that any rebuilding that has support from GS will spare the teachers. The cost cutters will likely continue the attack on neighborhood schools and start processing the kids like cattle on factory farms. Just glad I have no kids in the system now.

  • FedUp says:

    What a refreshing change this is. I loved it when Debbie Rose asked Hatrick how much his “spin” video cost. Eric Hornberger will be a much better chairman than John Stevens.

    The first item they need to scratch from the proposed budget is phase 1 of full-day kindergarten. This is going to cost taxpayers big bucks when it gets fully phased in. Phase 1 is only for a few schools that have the available classrooms, so no capital costs will be incurred. The $1.25 million cost of phase 1 may mislead the public into thinking it won’t be that expensive. Reform should start with just saying no to costly new initiatives.

    Elder Berry – If teachers get the 3% COLA proposed for FY13, then the teacher salary scale will top out in 6 figures, and that’s with a much better benefit package than the average private sector employee gets. And Just how much do you think teachers should be paid?

  • G. Stone says:

    “Reform should start with just saying no to costly new initiatives. ”

    Correct you are.

    “And Just how much do you think teachers should be paid?”

    Excellent question. I too await an answer.

    Elder berry. The days of hysterics are over. Anytime anyone questions spending on schools the claims of children getting dumber by the day begin again from those who can not wrap their minds around the fact that a school system developed over time by those who can’t say no, can’t continue.

    The facts are as follows: 1 Agency, LCPS spends 70% of every tax dollar generated, plus any additional funding provided via federal and state grants.
    ALL other agencies of Loudoun County Gov’t, ALL 32 of them operate off of the remaining 30% of revenue.

    At what point do you begin the reform process to drive that number back where it is proportional ? It Belongs in the area of 58 to 62 %

    If at 70% now where do place the ceiling ? What % of dollars through the door are you suggesting ?

    At the current rate of “proposed increases ” based on the existing model in a few short years we will be spending 75 to 80% Where does it stop ?

    With one of the highest rates per hundred in the entire southeastern United States how many more times can you raise the tax rate to accomodate a school system unwilling to reform ?

    Ed Hatrick has asked for an 11% increase. Does he need 11% to meet projected demands under the current model ? This is why the model must change and that change begins with his removal from the process.

  • Leej says:

    The feds have put a hold on raises.

    So why should the teachers get raises in this economy.

    And the DC economy will get a lot worse in the down sizing of the federal Government. I see a extremely slow recovery in most of the country but DC economy is about to go south with the fed down sizing.

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    “So why should the teachers get raises in this economy.”

    I will support a freeze on those rich teacher salaries when we see a free on the salaries of those poor CEOs and hedge fund managers, ok?

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    “…then the teacher salary scale will top out in 6 figures, and that’s with a much better benefit package than the average private sector employee gets.”

    Well personally, I value the TOP teachers WAY MORE than I value the AVERAGE private sector employee. With good cause.

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    “It Belongs in the area of 58 to 62 %”

    On what do you base this philosophy?

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    “With one of the highest rates per hundred in the entire southeastern United States how many more times can you raise the tax rate to accomodate a school system unwilling to reform ?”

    Tax RATE is meaningless. I believe tax BILL went up by double digits over the last decade right along with the growth rate. You philosophy is one of let them build those houses but F the kids when they come.

  • Hatch Act says:

    Eric-
    Before you even REMOTELY think we are “Fing” the kids, spend some times in the schools. Even the crowded ones.
    These kids aren’t even CLOSE to being “F’d”!!

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Diminishing returns = Hatrick

    He will get most of what he wants (which is not what he SAYS he wants) because he the equivalent of the steam engine when it comes to development.

    Here’s the equation:

    “We need schools” + “put them over there where no one is because we don’t want them near us!” + add water (literally) + add roads = we now have roads and water, let’s develop!

    Which means we circle back to “We need schools”. It’s a pretty nice loop with the spillover benefit of profit for some, higher taxes for Loudoun citizens.

    By the way, this is cooked into the cake for quite some time. There are 40K building permits out there ready to go off when someone can make a profit off of them.

  • LoudouninNC says:

    Speaking in terms of cost, it seems like the biggest savings would be…
    instead of talking about teacher salaries and “costly new initiatives”, revamp the standardized school-site requirements that necessitate acres-upon-acres of underused land. Does every high school really need a 75-acre parcel with softball, baseball, football, and soccer practice and game fields? Parking for every student?

    The dollars and cents spent on securing and retaining high-quality faculty/staff in the schools would go a lot farther than making sure little Timmy doesn’t have to take the bus and look like a dweeb.

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    “These kids aren’t even CLOSE to being “F’d”!!”

    I did not say they ARE being F’ed, HA, I said the philosophy of the R’s is to allow all building and F the kids. They are not being F’ed yet because enough people have historically stood up and said “No, Republicans, you are not going to F these kids after you let the houses get built.” Time to pay the piper.

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