Dante’ G. Pickett
October 24, 2014
In this article you will find the school board going back and forth on whether or not they should finance playgrounds for elementary schools in their district. So I ask you the reader do you think that the school board should finance playgrounds for its elementary schools? The article states that the school district does not finance playgrounds for its elementary schools and leave it up to the parent’s responsibility to raise money for their children’s school. Kevin Lewis, assistant superintendent for Support Services, spoke at their school board meeting and announced that it is allowed for the school to use bond money to help finance its playgrounds. Then you have School Board member Debbie Rose and a few other board members expressed their philosophies about financing playgrounds with county taxpayer dollars. This was a very controversial subject here because you asking the people in the community to pay even more taxes than what they already are. So naturally you had people who strayed away from that idea. Matters involving things like financing playgrounds are one of numerous issues you will be faced with in the field of school finance and administration. Internally, this has a direct connection with school finance and is very practical which ultimately persuaded me to choose this article. I just do not understand the rationale behind some of the orders mandated by the school board if they genuinely have the student’s best interest in mind. Jeff Morse, who represents the area of the county that’s experienced the most growth in recent years, said most of the families at the new elementary schools in the Dulles and Ashburn areas have already raised money to build playgrounds before they were reassigned schools and now they’re left to raise money for yet another playground. So the families have already generated enough money to build a few playgrounds but the ground has yet to be...
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