To the editor:
A recent article about a possible area-wide millage to fund a $90,000 budget shortfall at the BRIDGE Alternative High School in Hancock has inspired me to write. I have several questions and a few observations.
Are the other alternative schools in the area also experiencing a budget shortfall? If not, why must all districts be asked to increase their property taxes?
Why is a one mill increase in property taxes discussed in the article when that would take $1,000,000 of the people's money? That sounds like $910,000 more than is needed.
How does the amount spent per student at alternative high schools compare with that at other area high schools?
One BRIDGE school graduate stated in the article that there was "a much lesser tolerance of bullying based on differences." I understood there was a "zero tolerance" policy regarding bullying in local schools so there ought to be no need for alternative schools with "even less than zero tolerance."
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I know of one student who ended up at a local alternative school because he/she was a bully and had physically assaulted another student.
Finally, to those planning to promote a possible millage increase, I recommend against any more publicity for the young man who stated in the article that without the BRIDGE school as an option "he would have stayed in Illinois and been selling drugs to provide for his family" rather than pursue his GED. I am not too enthusiastic about spending any extra money on folks who list "dope dealer" anywhere on their list of career options.