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Board names new superintendent and hikes taxes

June 19, 2013

The Williamsport Area School Board unanimously voted Dr. Don Adams, assistant superintendent, as its newest superintendent starting this summer. The announcement of Superintendent Dr....

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Jun-19-13 4:23 PM

Sure we should go backwards with technology... Jobs today don't require any technological skills. Just a hammer to make large rocks into small rocks. <---Sarcasm for those who do not recognize it.

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Jun-19-13 3:26 PM

Some software requires yearly usae contracts or service contracts for usage. Once a computer is installed it needs to be maintained and sooner or later replaced. Computers will be added, and networks will get larger, adding more network systems and servers. As the technology infrastructure increases so does the needs to personal to maintain everything. We have it operating in libraries,the food services,offices, class rooms, and so on. Once expanded into all these areas we are pretty much stuck with a VERY large cost to maintain permanently. Grants only go so far and sooner or later dry up. Many of the cost to support technology in districts end up being spread around different departments to ease costs. So a question is. Do we need as much technology as we now have in our schools. Many of the districts have technology installed that exceed businesses in our area. Is that warranted? We can't keep raising taxes forever. We need to look at something else.

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Jun-19-13 3:12 PM

The story is the same for all school districts and for every tax payer. We have to decide what is important. Over all should we be teaching some few students special courses? I went to WACC VoTech and that was more cost effective at the time. Fast forward to today. Each school district is trying to teach semi votech programs one their own. In some districts teaching special courses like business at a college level. While all the is nice the reality of life is employers seek college level graduates to fill jobs. Not High school students who took classes with the flavor of college level courses. Students today are not receiving the same education I received people received decades ago. As time has gone by basic education has cheapened while special interest classes have received more attention depending on the district. Technology also has caused a exponential increase in costs. Adding a computer also means a addition of software of some nature, virus software,yearly software upgrades,

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Jun-19-13 12:10 PM

The school district does not show any fiscal responsibility ever.

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Jun-19-13 9:31 AM

continually raising taxes to pay for a sub standard education system.

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