Saw the recent President's Message here from Dr. Frank, the President of the Edison Board of Education. Apparently, the Board wants to draw your attention to a critical issue facing our town - funding (state aid) for our schools.
Didn't know it was 'critical' since it's been going on for years. We've never gotten our fair share under the SFRA and, most likely, won't see it anytime in the near future either.
What is disconcerting to me about this whining by the board is that they just don't get why we still haven't gotten our fair share. Really now, can they seriously be that naive?!?
Perhaps it's because they live the World of Mythomania over there on Pierson avenue and anything that takes attention away from lack of leadership is their motus-operandi du jour. And let's not forget that it's school budget time and it's always good to blame the state for lack of state aid when they put out another bloated budget and have to raise your taxes - Again!
So, Dr. Frank - rather than dropping these 'critical' bombs on the People of Downtown Edison about money we don't get, perhaps you should concentrate on how you're $pending the money you do get from the taxpayers of Edison - who fund some 90% of the School Budget.
What, you want us to contact our state legislators and make the case for you? Should I call Assemblyman Rob 'Mr. Temper-a-Ment' Karabinchak and ask him to help? Think he'll help you?
Perhaps you should be working on a cohesive, comprehensive and cost-efficient plan to address the overcrowding, which has been going on for years with no Board action.
Perhaps, a whole lot of things more but wasting time whining about things that won't be happening anytime soon is just a disservice to the People of Edison.
Here's thought - you want to help the taxpayers out here in Downtown Edison, then pay attention to how the Board has been treating the People of Edison and how and where you're $pending all that taxpayer money you've been getting over the years:
Anyhoo, don't be distracted by this diversionary rhetoric. The only thing 'critical' is the lack of board members looking out for the stakeholder who pays all the bills, which is you - the taxpayer. Pay attention to what this Board of Mythomania does and not what they whine about.
Apparently, Dr. Frank changed the last two paragraphs of his presentation (differs from the letter published on the school district's website) before the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness: 2/2/2017 @ Middlesex CC - and didn't include the numbers he presented. These numbers he presents are with an NJDOE source reference.
Just an aside, but maybe Dr. Frank can ask Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac, whose deficit is nearly 3 times ours, why he's not whining about it and then maybe ask him how he manages to put out a School Bond Referendum without increasing property taxes?!?
Here's his presentation: