In doing so, we realize that the way time is flying it will soon be time for us to concern ourselves which two pressing issues which face the community this time of year. The first is, of course, a tallying of the potholes, something which we suspect will be difficult for us to do this year as we are not yet zipping around town under our own steam. Thus, since this lack of mobility makes it somewhat difficult for us to locate the offending potholes, we may have to depend on readers to fill us in on the details.
The second issue that is about to come to a head, is the 2013-14 school budget, slated for release on March 6. We must say that in prior years we seem to have known more about the budget than we do this year. In fact, this seems to have been the least transparent year regarding the upcoming budget as we have heard nothing about it, except that current first-grade parents are lobbying for four sections of second grade next year.
Such lobbying, of course, is not new as it seems that the thinking is that the smaller the class size, the better the education. However, we must say that we are not certain that class size is the best indicator of student success. From our perspective, the quality of education depends much more on the quality of the teacher. But then, we also think that spending more on education does not necessarily mean the quality of the education will be better.
We also note that we do not envy the school board as they face what will probably be difficult decisions for the 2013-14 budget. Nonetheless, we do hope that they are able to balance the needs of the students for education with the needs of district residents for fiscal responsibility. Time will no doubt tell how successful they are at doing so.
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