School board not fiscally responsible
Congratulations to the Fort Mill School Board and the administration! Thanks to their lack of priorities, we will be spending money on additional gymnasiums for an underpopulated school that has been open for less than one year.
Where was the planning? We will be building a new stadium that will be empty 99 percent of the time. The superintendent will be receiving pay increases of 2 percent to 6 percent per year over the next three years.
Now, to demonstrate fiscal responsibility, the board, at the recommendation of the administration, has voted to eliminate the teacher bonus for National Guard certification.
Money is money, spending is spending, and it all comes from the same place - the taxpayers. It is not too late to put our priorities in order. Just because the referendum passed does not mean the expenditures are mandatory. We should not be adding gym space to a brand new school. We should not be building an unneeded stadium.
At the same time, we are reducing teacher compensation (I know technically it is a bonus elimination, but where I come from, if you receive less money it is a reduction). Our primary focus should be on the teachers and the classroom.
I, for one, would be happy to contribute to any fund that financially rewards teachers for their achievement, providing the board demonstrates fiscal responsibility by not spending our money on legacies and monuments.
I encourage everyone to make their voice heard; You can make a difference.
East Cheval Drive
Dog park fee too much
Today I took a ride over to the new dog park in Tega Cay, wanting a look at it before I paid $25 for the right to enjoy it with my dog. I am very glad I didn't pay first!
The so-called "dog park" is no bigger than my backyard. The fencing is very nice, but the mulch ground cover is not, and asking residents to pay a $25 fee to use it is just ridiculous. Even Mecklenburg County will no longer be charging fees for the use of their dog parks and they actually have room for the dogs to run and have access to water on site.
I wouldn't mind paying a yearly fee for a nice dog park. This one doesn't qualify.
I found it disconcerting that the City of Tega Cay held its seminars on a work day, especially on a Friday.
I had to work and wanted to go but got off later than usual. I got the information regarding the meeting on a Wednesday but it was sent out around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
This should have been held when everyone had the opportunity to attend. I would love to have been able to address some of the subject matter.
I just wish the city officials would have had it spaced out between two evening meetings so that more people could have attended.
Chelsea Day Lane