Chartiers-Houston has lost focus

July 5, 2014

I’m a little bit confused about the tax increase recently approved by the school board in the Chartiers-Houston district.

The school board has raised property taxes an average of 2.28 mills every year for the last nine years. The school district has built an $18 million sports complex and a $1 million ball field within that same time frame, and now they are short thousands of dollars for the pension fund. How can this be? I was under the impression that the funding for pensions was mandated by law, so how was this not taken care of?

Most school districts were cutting back during the recession. It appears that the Chartiers-Houston School Board was on a spending spree and forgot to set funds aside for the required bills. How did this happen?

Now the school district has no funds for the library and has laid off several teachers. It seems the school board has lost focus as to why they were elected. Perhaps it’s time for a change.

Ted Lawrence



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