Letter: Roping in some finances

To paraphrase an old adage, watch the pennies and the dollars will take themselves. But when the pennies are opaque, questions about how many pennies the taxpayers are on the hook for is the question.

A curriculum change for ninth grade gym was initially to be supported with a high ropes course costing $100,000-plus. That program never came to fruition but now the district has an invoice, for board vote Monday, June 19, asking for $10,600 to install a “low initiative.” Nothing is documented on costs of training, insurance, maintenance and equipment storage and requests to the district have remained unanswered.

So, is new equipment for one grade — used less than 50 percent per year — that will be double or triple this invoice OK with you the taxpayer? More importantly, should full costs be revealed for new programs?

Please contact your board members ASAP since the vote is this Monday and the install date is July 11-15.

Jeanne Best
E. Marlborough Township
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