Editorial: School budget cuts ought to be precise, careful

Cuts in staffing are imminent.

Collier County Public Schools officials say that in such a labor-intensive operation, budget cuts elsewhere can only go so far before looking at employees' positions.

Though Superintendent Kamela Patton stresses this is all about positions rather than people, it is about people — our friends and neighbors who depend on those paychecks.

The community always snaps to attention when jobs are on the line or even subject to change, as with the privatization of custodians a few years ago. That goes double these days when school staffers are in jeopardy of joining our community's already-struggling unemployment statistics.

For that reason, we trust Patton, her staff and the School Board will explore every single possible option before cuts of an estimated 100 employees become formalized at a board meeting on Tuesday. No idea should be cast aside because it may come late in the process. Getting it right by our students and those people is worth extra effort.

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CCPS-Buddy writes:

The cuts have already happened in many areas. I know of one executive secretary who was much loved for her extraordinary work ethic and moral building. She was a shining example to everyone. (First name Lisa) But they canned her last week. She did the work of 10 people!

But there is an entire department of NOC technicians making >$50,000 each who sit all day and do almost nothing. They are all still there.

There were 5 helpdesk support ladies to cover the 5,000 employees, they have been cut down to 1 full time and 1 part time... But there sits those NOC guys who all make twice as much as the poor helpdesk ladies. Who does NOC serve? Mainly administration. Who did the helpdesk ladies serve? The other 4800 employees.

The lady at the top needs to stop listening to Mickey LaBute. Labute makes almost $250,000 per year PLUS with her drop retirement money from the School District, she ends up making more than the Superintendent!!! She needs to retire! She is NOT worth that much money!!!!!!!

CCPS-Buddy writes:

For comparison:

Polk County - Total budget:

Total Student Enrollment:

Total money spent per student:

They have 200 Million less in budget money but have almost twice the enrollment of Collier County.

Anyone else feeling cheated?


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