County commissioners, school officials discuss AB 46 at special public meeting

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Updated: 8/20/2013 11:42 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- The Washoe County Commissioners are taking a hard look at AB 46 before they decide if they'll raise taxes to create capital funding for the school district.

Washoe County school officials made two major presentations Tuesday night. One was a broad overview of AB 46 and the other focused on accountability.

Then the commissioners started asking questions, which likely won't end any time soon.

"I thought it went really well," said school board vice president Dave Aiazzi. "We didn't answer everything. More questions come up. which is why I'm glad we've scheduled more than one meeting. Answers lead to more questions."

Questions Assemblyman Pat Hickey said they didn't get to ask during their limited time hearing AB 46 at the legislature.

"A lot of the issues that are being raised, for instance how the school district has spent it's money in the past, that never came out in the legislature," Hickey said. "So I think having more light shed tends to bring more clarity."

It's a discussion Hickey said should be happening locally, not at the state level.

County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung agrees and said the school district needs to convince the voters it's worth their money. 

"What do the voters see," Hartung said. "What do they think of the Washoe County School District and how they're doing their job?" 

Aiazzi said the community's questions seem to center around one thing. 

"I think it has more to do with the perception of what the school has been doing with the money, not one answer, just over all how have we been spending the money," he said. 

That is exactly what they will be talking about at the next meeting on September 17th. They will take a closer look at school spending and how the money from the 2002 rollover bonds was spent.
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tonysam - 8/21/2013 11:20 AM
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roseanya, you are another idiot who should really do some research before making such a dumb statement. The "pension" we get as retired teachers is DEFERRED COMPENSATION; if we didn't have the pension the district would have to pay us a bigger salary. Regarding Social Security participation, that is never going to happen. It can't be mandated because of constitutional prohibitions on the federal government forcing a tax on state and local governments. Nevada would have to voluntarily join, and it's not going to happen.

tonysam - 8/21/2013 11:17 AM
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Paladin, you sound like an idiot. There are NO real unions at WCSD--they work for the district. Your post is an exercise in incoherence.

roseanya - 8/21/2013 10:08 AM
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K-12 does NOT need more money. We're already spending more than $10K per kid per year, including 25-50% of enrollment for illegal students. Until they can figure out how to teach basic reading, writing, calculating, DECREASE the funding. It appears going back to a one-room school house without utilities would IMPROVE RESULTS. Many rural Nevada school buildings are more than 80 years old and still work just fine. Teachers and administrators need at least a 10% CUT IN COMPENSATION AND they need to fund their own retirement instead of taxpayers covering both employer and employee shares. If they won't accept the 11% withholding, let's CONVERT TO SS retirement plan for public employees.

Paladin - 8/21/2013 9:28 AM
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NO TAX INCREASES! STOP spending my tax dollars on a system that is irrepairably broken. Until you wrench the schools from the hands of the unions you will never improve the quality of education in this country. Unions by their very nature protect the lowest possible work level in their group. So we teach with those who "barely make it" as teachers not the ones who excel. Do we have some that excel? Absolutely. Would they still excel if the system was pay for performance and not union protected. Absolutely. But those "barely make its" would be forced OUT of the sytem. Until that happens, accept mediocrity. Easy rule to follow: If you allow mediocre, barely make it teachers to stay in the system, you will produce mediocre barely make it students. The excellent teachers don't need the union, only the barely make its.

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