New technology and shortfalls

With all the local concern about the drastic shortfalls school districts are facing when planning their budgets for the next year, it is surely interesting that a number of these same institutions are spending when it comes to technology.

During a recent Cassadaga Valley school board meeting, a presentation was made on iPads being used in the classroom. The district is one of many that have been utilizing the high-tech tools.

“It seems to allow a lot more creativity with students,” said board vice president Jeanne Oag. “They will be more involved in the process and be thinking more; this is exciting.”

And what student does not want to be a part of the iPad revolution?

But if schools have the funds to purchase these items – whether it comes from the state or locally – then taxpayers do not deserve to hear the annual budget blues that come from school boards annually.

Schools are getting new technology. We’re not against that.

We are, however, tired of hearing the whining about state mandates. When the state aid ratio is from 50 percent to 75 percent of the school’s annual budget, then those state funds come with strings attached.

Those are the mandates. If districts are truly upset about the unfunded mandates, then do something about it.

Do not accept any state aid. In this case, mandates become a much smaller problem. Overall funding will be the big one.