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Lodi Unified School District should stop charging the city rent for use of school facilities

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Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:58 am, Sat May 19, 2012.

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.

Edward Ojeda

Lodi

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1 comment:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:41 am on Sat, May 19, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Ojeda stated...Our children deserve better than to be turned into latch-key kids.

    Humm... I agree that latch-key kid issue is a serious one, but why in the world would one discourage a government organization from “thinking” like a business. I think it is refreshing that the school district is acting responsibly and charging money for use of its facilities. As a tax payer, I like to see revenue generated that can decrease to tax obligation we have as tax payers.

    The city is a separate entity from the schools and has its own wasteful spending and budget. Each entity should be thinking of the public it serves and operate independently.

    If Lodi Unified does not charge for using it's facilities, maybe the city of Lodi should not charge for using it's facilities like the grape bowl... both is a bad idea... they should charge what the free market has as a demand.

     

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