Guest Commentary: Let the students have their inputWe have voted, and once again expressed our dismay with how our district is managed financially. So now it is time to have some input, which, apparently, those in charge have finally said they would like to hear.
By: Kevin Downey, Two Harbors, Lake County News Chronicle
We have voted, and once again expressed our dismay with how our district is managed financially. So now it is time to have some input, which, apparently, those in charge have finally said they would like to hear.
I have a few for you all to consider, some are revisited from previous ones I have had printed in this newspaper during the last go ‘round.
I would like to challenge district students to create a couple of online businesses selling things the students make in classes at school. If there is no internet class in the district, beg and plead for one. It is the wave of the future for almost all marketing and you need to know about it.
Sell things like items made in shop classes, the houses the Silver Bay students make, maybe expanding that venture.
The girls know how to create recipes and patterns for making things at home and can creatively sell them. Maybe even sell the service of setting up web sites for local businesses. Opportunities are there.
Students can solve this problem, I bet, so, students in the appropriate business and accounting classes should get involved with the board. Look at costs and wherever you see a place where you might have a brighter idea, dig in. I’ll bet there are many places you can find to trim costs and make the gap smaller. Board members, are you willing to open the books to young minds?
Find greener ways to run the schools such as lights that shut on and off automatically. Green might include car pools instead of the alleged need for new busses.
I am betting if you get real creative, you can find team support in local businesses who would be happy to buy new uniforms if they can have a small patch applied. If rules don’t allow that, OK, make sure the local people know at every game who paid for them. And maybe even the local paper would help with that advertising.
I am betting there are many more creative kids and folks in the community willing to dig into new ways to do things and achieve better results than there are on the board.
Let’s prove it. We can do this without raising taxes.