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August 15th, 2022
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letter to the editor logoLETTER TO THE EDITOR, Cheryl Valdez, Tyrone, Okla.

 

I have been told that the School Board never answers any questions form the citizens, taxpayers, parents, etc. because — they don’t want to. No other reason.

The “Zipped Lips” rule is not state or federal but the choice of individual boards.

The other night, I had questions as to the purchase of $15,000 worth of chairs for one elementary school. The company selling these chairs promised all sorts of ridiculous things, and there was no reason to buy them, especially since all the other schools will be in line for their chairs. The chairs are just chairs, but the advertising is astounding. We bought it.

So I discover that we have to spend the money — or lose it. We just borrowed $5 million “because we didn’t have the money to run things.” That’s a whole other letter. You wont believe it.

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Well, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) — a government bureau — insists on our spending lots of money or else. We are almost out of things we can buy for the schools except dormitories where the students can live 100 percent of the time.

We have gorgeous buildings and  every program known to civilized man. We also have a declining school population and an “F” rating in academics.

Our school board can answer questions if they wish. Do you wonder why they don’t want to? The “Zipped Lips” approach breeds distrust.