Supt. Robison spends excessively

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Editor,

I am writing in response to the April 17 “From the Backshop.” The publisher wrote “… We also know (Zionsville Community Schools Supt. Scott) Robison hasn’t added 1 cent of debt.” That is incorrect. Supt. Robison spent millions to renovate a multidisciplinary room that is underutilized, renovate the Employee Health Clinic at Pleasant View Elementary while there are many clinics and hospitals close by and install a new irrigation system and stadium lights. Such excessive spending is not necessary to educate our children!

Meei-Huey Jeng
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    Disclaimer: The original Letter to Editor sent to Current in Zionsville was the following, before it was edited by the Current editor.

    Thanks,

    Meei-Huey Jeng

    “Does a referendum make sense?

    I am writing in response to the “From the Backshop: Maybe this is a case where a referendum makes sense” published on April 17th. The publisher wrote “We also know that Robison hasn’t added 1 cent of debt..” The information is incorrect.

    A letter sent to Zionsville Community Schools (ZCS) by State of Indiana Department of Local Government and Finance dated July 22, 2011 and signed by Brian Bailey, Commissioner, DLGF, stated that “According to information provided by the School Corporation, the increased debt service from restructuring the debt would amount to $9,513,831.”

    This $9.5 million additional debt took on by Dr. Robison added more debt to the existing debt of $204 million in principal and $103 million in interest. To serve 5770 enrolled students, the debt service increased to a whopping $55,000 per student.

    Let’s don’t forget that Dr. Robison also spent millions to 1) renovate a multi-disciplinary room that is under-utilized; 2) renovate the Employee Health Clinic at Pleasant View Elementary while there are many clinics/hospitals close by; and 3) install new irrigation system and stadium lights for the sports complex.

    ZCS is now proposing to spend $3.1 million above the 2011 budget of $58 million, plus $1.6 million to hire additional 21 teachers and 5 counselors. This means that ZCS is going to spend $10,866 per student in 2012-2013, on top of the $55,000 debt per student.

    With the majority of referendum taxes going toward the status quo to keep the operation up by increasing the administrator salary spending by 11%, the teacher salary spending by 8.4%, and the contractual services by 20%, how can it be stated that ZCS has done enough to rein in spending?

    Such excessive spending is not necessary to educate our children!”

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