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3/12/2013 10:40:00 AM
Letter: Leupp Schools Governing Board not worried about budget cuts

To the editor:

On March 6, the Leupp Schools Governing Board approved travel for board members and administrators to attend a four day work session at Fort McDowell Resort.

During the board meeting, I recommended the school hold the work session locally at the school (Leupp) which would save money on travel money in this time of economic hardship on federally funded schools. I expressed that tribes across the nation will be impacted by the $130 million dollar budget cuts and any savings now will help with any shortages to come or potential additional services for social services or other programs.

Henry Moore, Jr., member of the Governing Board said that currently we are not being cut but next school year we will see big cuts so traveling right now is not hurting our budget. Another disappointing answer came from the principal when she stated, "we have not had a work session away from the school in over two years, it's time we had one since staff are saying their morale is low."

Huh? The key aspects that Moore and the principal do not get, or better yet, understand is that cuts will hurt the school and mitigating cost and spending conservatively now will help make the cuts minimal. Moore's stance is that we have money now, let's spend it while the money is there. If the school receives less money, certain programs will have to be cut... with budget cuts it hurts our children's education and their morale.

Since 2010, as a school board member at the time, I voiced my concerns that excess travel or work sessions away from school is not in the best interest of the school because of the costs of mileage, per diem, hotels, meals and conferences rooms, even if it's for school business. Most school activities should take place at the school where the community and parents are welcomed to participate.

It's disappointing the new governing board members do not foresee impacts from the sequestration order as mandated by United States Congress and the President of the United States. Elsie Monroe (Tolani Lake), Roberta Gorman (Leupp), Ralph Drake (Leupp) and Henry Moore Jr. (Birdsprings) make up the governing board.

We need leadership, not board members approving and collecting travel checks for a luxury work session away from the school.

Calvin Johnson

Leupp, Ariz.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: patricia nezzie

If I may say this with all respect to all my fellow Navajos. As an elected official the demands are huge. Lets treat each other with respect and dignity. If someone has the courage and strength to run for any office good for you. The price you pay has no dollar amount. As for travel be careful how the CHILDREN'S MONEY is spent. Having a workshop off campus is so worth it, this way you can look back on the situation and have a better view of what needs to be done. And when did workshops, ( that are mandatory) become a luxery? Combine workshops with other schools. If I may ask, Isn't per diam and meals the same thing? And If the board members were to carpool wouldn't this help cut cost? i challenge elected officials to demonstrate to the public that when on travel do as much as you can to cut cost. There is money set in any budget for travel that is mandatory. A truly dedicated person for the right reasons can waive their stipend check and serve the community on their own time, only becasue they want to serve. If I am wrong or need correction please, let me know. If I have offended anyone,forgive me. Let's all just be real.

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