Can’t we all just get along?

August 15, 2008

This is one of those good ideas that are spoiled only by the realization that such things should go on all the time, not just when there’s a cash-flow “crisis”:

At a time when all school districts are feeling a cash-flow pinch, Westfield Washington Schools is working with city officials to save money by sharing fuel tanks, paper and maintenance.

Both city and school district are seeking to eliminate paying for a service twice when they could do it together, a tactic many schools in Central Indiana are taking, said Superintendent Mark Keen.

Pay attention, Allen County officials. You are now paying for a study of your space needs. A study of joint city-county space needs has been proposed, with the county council and city officials each agreeing to pay for half. Your county space study is now superfluous or redundant or both.

Or maybe we should also have a separate study of the city’s space needs, just to make sure we cover all the bases.

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3 Responses to “Can’t we all just get along?”

  1. Bob G. Says:

    And here I thought Harrison Square would have all the “bases” covered…silly me.
    Batter up?

    😉

    B.G.

  2. gadfly Says:

    Lets see …who runs buses. CitiLink is raising prices and FWCS is contemplating restricting busiing of students. Citilink ridership has always been abysmal but taxpayers continue to dole out 85% of operating costs. FWCS on the otherhand, continues to bus students despite high costs and despite the US Supreme Court ruling which rescinds forced busing as set forth in Brown vs Board of Education.

    Somehow, I believe that with or without cooperation between agencies, a whole bunch of tax money can be saved.

  3. Harl Delos Says:

    FWCS on the otherhand, continues to bus students despite high costs and despite the US Supreme Court ruling which rescinds forced busing as set forth in Brown vs Board of Education.

    The school board isn’t forcing anyone to ride the bus.

    According to Indiana law, the school corporation is required “To transport children to and from school, when in the opinion of the governing body the transportation is necessary, including considerations for the safety of the children and without regard to the distance the children live from the school.” SCOTUS hasn’t declared that law to be unconstitutional.

    Providing free public schools was a condition of the laws under which Indiana became a state. If you want to renege on that obligation, it seems only fair for Indiana’s statehood to be revoked, their existing local and state governments dissolved, their senators and representatives removed from Congress, and for Congress to send in the army to govern the territory of Indiana.


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