Excuse me! Unbelievable! In an environment of school layoffs and the district only spending 15 percent of its budget on the kids, the Lodi Unified School District is considering hiring a chef to "design recipes" and teach district cooks how to cook at an estimated cost of $130,000 per year — according to a News-Sentinel article of March 28.
Then, in the same article, an insert states that the district is going to borrow from the 2012-2013 school year budget to compensate for state shortfalls in payments. Give me a break!
The district cannot afford a chef. No, not when it is failing in its primary mission of teaching our children. Consider: In math, English and social studies, an average of 10,000 students — roughly one-third of the total student enrollment — are receiving Ds and Fs in each of these subjects. Why isn't the school board tackling this primary failing in its charter instead of worrying about the culinary tastes of its failing students?