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Driver education spending proves board, administrators not good stewards of taxpayer money

Published: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 5:00 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Attention taxpayers of Morris Community High School Dist. 101. How would you like to a PART-TIME job that paid $45 an hour?

That is what your high school district, currently on the state’s financial watch list, is paying the part-time, non-faculty, driver education instructors. This hourly wage is $15 an hour HIGHER than the second-highest hourly wage in districts near Dist. 101, which is $30 an hour in the Plainfield High School District.

This is a district that pays a substitute teacher, for an eight-hour day, $85. If a part-time driver education teacher worked the same number of daily hours as the substitute teacher, the daily pay would total $315 for the same day.

If that part-time instructor works the same number of hours for the five-day school week, that would garner this PART-TIME employee $1,575 for the week.

One has to ask, how can the administration of Dist. 101, or any other district with financial issues such as ours, allow expenditures similar to those listed above? Could it possibly be due to the fact that the board president’s wife is the recipient of the greatest number of hours so far in FY 2013 among these instructors?

We will all be voting for board members for this district in April. These members will determine the actions of the administration, what it will cost to run the district, and directly affect our taxes. Look carefully at the candidates.

Can we afford, through our taxes, to support outlandish spending similar to what is outlined above? Who will look out for the taxpayers of Dist. 101?

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