ASD should live within its means

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 19:00

I was informed during the nightly news on Jan. 18 that the Anchorage School District is contemplating significant cuts to support staff positions. I kept watching hoping to hear of ASD’s business plan to accommodate funding reductions. I watched in vain. What I heard was an emotional appeal to people who are already taxed to capacity from the school district that projects a sense of entitlement to continue to conduct business in the manner to which they have become accustomed in an economy anticipating continuing economic hardship.

Support staff is just that: support. The ASD is a business just as any other. When did the focus of ASD change so that the business of providing extracurricular and administrative services is given precedence over education? Why is it the ASD values dispensable programs above financial integrity and good stewardship of public monies? There was a time in history when education included instruction on how to live within your means.

We ought not spend what we do not possess. If you do not have enough funding to support business in the manner to which you have become accustomed, you change the manner in which you do business. Businesses that over extend themselves must either cut spending or collapse. What are we teaching our students through example (or lack thereof) regarding good business and personal finance principles? We are teaching our students far more through the persistent example of failure to practice financial discipline then enriching the student’s educational experience through extra curricular support services. We are perpetuating a cycle of financial insolvency where our students suffer from a lack of good boundaries.

ASD’s current example teaches students that desires are more important than necessities thereby enabling a generations of chronic, entitled, government dependents.


— Nicole Noyles

Eagle River

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