Diviney: "This is an Entirely New World" of School Funding

School board president calls for new and different ways of thinking about school funding.

Three Village's outgoing school board president on Tuesday called for the community to challenge traditional ways of thinking about school funding, saying more flexibility and creativity are necessary for the district to thrive going forward.

"I think people have to realize this is an entirely new world," Diviney said. "One of the reasons we’re making the cuts, or looking at the type of cuts that we normally wouldn’t make, is we don’t have the luxury of operating in the world the way it was" before the most recent election cycle or budget vote.

His remarks were met with applause from the approximately 200 people present at the meeting.

Diviney pointed to the tax cap legislation along with unfunded state education mandates as part of the reason why such new thinking is necessary.

"We can sit and bemoan [it], as I have done, complaining the law is stupid, the law is terrible, they’ve put a burden on us without taking away the mandates," he said, "but we don’t have the ability to change that. We have to react as best as we can."

Among the ideas Diviney suggested were the creation of endowments to fund certain positions or extracurricular activities outside the budget, considering different ways of structuring the schools, and looking for more cooperative agreements with neighboring school districts.

He said the entire community needs to come together to preserve the quality of the school district.

"We’re going to have to be flexible," he said. "We have recognize as a group we’re going to have to make changes every single year because if we simply are going to make incremental cuts every single year, to come back two, three, five years from now ... it’s not going to be the same [school district]."

Barry June 01, 2012 at 04:04 AM
"It's over" tell us all about yourself....tell us what you do with computers, how much you make, and your contribution to society. Let the public decide your worth. Are you worth more than 80-100k a year. I bet you make a lot more. Prove me wrong. BTW - Does what you contribute at your job improve or positively change the lives of at least 25 children per year and hundreds over a career? Have you educated countless children ( some who will definitely replace you at your job one day) and created lasting memories, instilled confidence, built character while teaching how to read, write while dealing with separations, divorces, and family tragedies while loving every minute of it? Sorry for the run-on....Have you pretended to be happy at work sometimes while leaving your own personal problems, financial difficulties, and family tragedies at home so your second family  can have a great day? For some, our smiles are the only ones they get each day. Have you ever had to use the bathroom but had to wait 3 hours as you walk around helping kids who are crying because they don't understand something but everyone else seems to...have you ever wanted to eat lunch but decided to call a parent instead just to let them know what a great job their child was doing...all that and more in 6 hours, not bad huh?
Barry June 01, 2012 at 04:04 AM
So... unless  you have created a miracle program on your little computer that can do what we do, keep your comments about our worth to yourself and your "stooges" and drink your own kool-aid.
Its Over June 01, 2012 at 11:55 AM
your job sounds very rewarding. your very lucky. It sounds like the rewards are greater than any pay check but I remember teachers doing the same things for a lot less money. what gives you the right to become a rich country squire off of our nickel?
Barry June 01, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Last time I checked, I wasn't rich. I drive a 15 year old car and have to hold a second job and wouldn't change a thing.
Tom Hannice June 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Wow Barry, you sound like a bitter man. Glad my kid didn't have you for a teacher. Bad teachers can also mess a kid up in all those areas you mentioned (my kids have had more bad than good). Whatever think you are worth, doesn't matter, we can't afford any more.


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