Today’s editorial blaming city council for not paying attention to the Republican mayoral candidate Mark Lucas when he suggested a tax for increasing teacher pay is reprehensible. It smacks of a defensive maneuver to cover up their previous editorial where they asked school board chairman David Carson about another tax to raise teacher pay.
From their throne the RTEB staff have single handedly attempted to dismantle a repaired relationship between the school board and city council. They should be so proud.
The RTEB blames city council for wearing “ear plugs” as Lucas spoke about a tax for teacher pay increases during debates and that council members “cannot credibly say” that they first read it in their editorial.
The mistake, dear RTEB is yours and yours alone for attempting to put a wedge between city council and the school board. If there is to be dialogue on taxes dedicated to schools it should take place between the school board and city council and not, I repeat not through the self-appointed intermediary of the editorial board.
At the joint meeting between the school board and city council last week there was no request from Chairman David Carson for more revenue. Both council members Court Rosen and Ray Ferris gave Carson ample opportunity to say that in the future the school system may have to call upon them for assistance.
Councilman Court Rosen asked Carson how he felt about getting through the next fiscal year without the 2-cent meals tax. Carson said that they were in “reasonably good shape but spending down savings.” He complained about Roanoke not getting the assistance needed from the state. “In the absence of that occurring it would benefit us to reduce spending,” he said. Rosen asked the school board to look ahead and share financial information and keep dialogue going to head off any sense of urgency.
Vice Mayor Dave Trinkle said that he hoped that the new formula would be a win/win and that their fund balance would continue. “I’m not a big fan of dedicated taxes,” he said. “We don’t tell you how to spend.”
Rosen seemed clear to me as he quizzed Carson on future needs as did Ray Ferris.
This RTEB wedge smacks of “sour grapes” that the RTEB endorsement of Mark Lucas failed. Knowing Carson’s support for Lucas the RTEB saw an opening to create disharmony. This is the lowest I’ve ever seen them go. The RTEB takes their endorsement loss and wreaks havoc in retaliation.
RTEB – stay out of council and the school board’s relationship! Lick your wounds on your endorsement loss and move on to other “commandments” from your throne.
The news side of the wall didn’t help matters either after Mason Adams got done with it.
In an email Tuesday Carson said, “We appreciate council, all is fine, and all will be fine if the state funds school systems as it should.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Community, Education, Roanoke City Public Schools
Tags: #newsfail, budget, city_council, Roanoke City Public Schools