Since I am a product of the Beaverton School System, I have something of a vested interest in what goes on in my former schools. I was disappointed – but not entirely surprised – to read this Oregon Live article from earlier in the month. It would appear that the school district’s funds are being misallocated – but there is one man who is making some noise about it.
As some of you know already, a local option levy was passed in May to bolster teaching jobs, and consequently, lower class sizes. Two weeks after the levy passed, however, the article tells us that the Beaverton School District superintendent was given an $8,000 raise. Some local families are looking on this choice with a critical eye. Chris Johnsen is one such parent who takes exception to the way in which his school district made use of the $8,000. He argues that it could have gone toward school supplies instead; he had to buy a textbook for one of his kids online because the school did not have enough for every student.
Please read the full article here, and consider the following questions when posting your comments.
- Do you think the superintendent’s raise of $8,000 is a gross mismanagement of district funding, or was it reasonable given the recent 5-year, $15 million levy that was passed?
- In Johnsen’s position, would you think your time would be better spent communicating one-on-one with the Chairwoman of the School Board, or speaking publicly at the board meeting?