The answer to the problem of preventing the closure of afterschool programs at the four Lodi elementary schools (Reese, Vinewood, Larsen, and Lakewood) is simple: Lodi Unified School District should stop charging the $50,000 yearly rent to the city for use of the facilities at these schools.
This can be done by reducing the current LUSD superintendent's pay and incentives from $225,000 to $175,000.
Through salary reductions, mandated furloughs and shortened hours, we have all paid the price during these trying economic times. Up until Jan. 1, 2001, the President of the United States was paid a yearly salary of $200,000. I'm sure with a little effort Cathy Nichols, the current LUSD School Superintendent, can manage just fine. After all, her teachers did when she cut their pay.
Our children deserve better than to be turned into latch-key kids.