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A few weeks ago, you probably received a mailing from the Lodi School District asking for your input–and your dollars.
After receiving the survey, I reached out to District Administrator Vince Breunig and asked:
Can you please provide me with a full copy of the current LSD budget and the proposed LSD budget?
Included in that, I would like copies of any loans or other financial obligations the LSD has taken on in the past 5 years.
Breunig referred me to Brent Richter, who provided the following documents:
I present them as-is for you to review.
The shingles on my simple residential house are guaranteed for 30 years. Why are we in need of a new roof for the High School?
When the request went out for the new stadium, the message said “this won’t be paid for by your tax dollars”.
The School District took out a half-million-dollar loan to make up the difference between the cost and the donations they received. This is a $579,000 debt to the school district–which is being paid for by tax dollars. This debt was taken on without a vote (or even informed consent) from the tax payers.
The other thing that hasn’t been made clear is that the resurfacing of the HS Stadium has a life-span of 10 years–which means we’ll have to pay for a replacement before the current loan is paid off.
It Ain’t Anonymous
The survey that was sent to you has your address on it. That means the School District knows who you are and what you said.
There are so many things wrong with this. The very least of which is that sending to specific addresses cost more than using the US Postal Service EDDM option. EDDM is about 20¢ per mailing, while bulk-rate with an actual address is about 40¢ per mailing. This is wrong from a purely financial perspective. However…
In a community our size, if I know your address, I know who you are.
If they know your address, the Lodi School District absolutely knows who you are–who your children are, what your family income is (via “free and reduced lunch”), the medical information of your children (if they’re in sports, and probably from general interaction), your family status (single, married, divorced), and a whole lot more.
If you returned this survey to the Lodi School District (without obscuring your address), then they know exactly who you are, all your personal and financial details, and exactly what your opinion is.
Do you trust them with that?
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.