Sustainable Education Through Fiscal Responsibility
We, the undersigned, appeal to the directors of the Nazareth Area School Board, teachers and administrators of the district, along with state and federal legislators, to do all they can to maintain essential educational programs while keeping in mind the difficulties faced by the taxpayers in these tough financial times.
While taxpayer's are dealing with unemployment, falling or stagnant wages, rising prices, and plunging property values a series of circumstances are conspiring to affect them in even more adverse ways.
*The end of Federal stimulus monies going to the schools
*Insufficient State funding to cover mandated programs
*NASD pension costs that are increasing
*Four years of union contract raises for educators
*Projected costs of over 20 million dollars for future grounds/building maintenance
*Increased fuel, heating, and power costs for the schools
*Raises for administrators and support staff
*Continuing service of the debt
*Future unexpected costs
We ask everyone to do what they can to help maintain a sustainable education program while respecting an already burdened taxpayer.
We ask all district employees to consider a freeze on wage increases, something that very many private sector, both union and nonunion employees have had to do to maintain employment.
We encourage the administration and board to continue to search out solutions and places to cut. We ask them to "hold the line" on taxes. We ask them to approach our legislators to enlist their help.
We ask our legislators, regardless of party, to provide relief from mandates that were never fully funded in the past and are even less so now. We remind them that funding and raising taxes at any level of government is still coming out of the taxpayer's pocket or worse yet, from future generations. We demand an end to regulations that prevent local commonsense solutions to our problems.