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P-L-T added classrooms, lost teachers

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico School District’s multimillion-dollar grant for school improvement is not enough. The P-L-T School District has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the planned budget.

The superintendent’s and school board’s poor planning has resulted in frivolous spending of millions of dollars that the district, frankly, does not have. The frivolous spending, in addition to receiving less money from the state, and lower enrollment numbers, has resulted in cutting staff for the 2013-14 school year.

As it stands right now, science, choir, language arts, and speech pathology teachers from the Tampico Elementary and Junior High School have been cut. At Prophetstown Elementary School, a physical education teacher has been cut. More cuts in staff are expected within the next few weeks to make up for the large deficit.

This poor decision-making has an even more negative effect on the children in the school district. Not only are the students losing great teachers, but they are also being shipped around between Prophetstown and Tampico to justify an overabundance of classrooms in Tampico.

It seems that building classrooms was far more important to the P-L-T School District than building quality education.

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