Rage and Even Anger Over Plano ISD Layoffs

I’m so angry I could spit. Plano ISD is a total disaster. I mean, a $14 million budget deficit? This thing is so mismanaged that every member of the school board ought to quit. I don’t know who the superintendent is, but he is clearly incompetent. Okay, I just looked it up. Dr. Doug Otto is the superintendent. Unbelievable. And he’s white! Where’s the outrage from the black community?!

Okay, okay. But you get my point, right? It ain’t just Dallas ISD.

On a more serious note, the wife of one of my co-working FrontBurnervians is a librarian with the Plano ISD — the very group of workers who will take the brunt of the “reduction in force.” This is going to be tough on them and on everyone involved, both the people losing their jobs and those who have to make the determination about who goes and who stays. May everyone handle their roles as gracefully as possible. Good luck.

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6 responses to “Rage and Even Anger Over Plano ISD Layoffs”

  1. yeah, right says:

    $14 million? Isn’t that like spit to Plano ISD? I mean, isn’t their fund balance like 10 times that or something? Isn’t this what a fund balance is for? Smoothing spending during tough times?

    Maybe they could cut extracurricular fluff instead of librarians? Maybe I could write a sentence without a question?

  2. If they would just not send the band for away football games, it would go a long way towards balancing the budget, I think.

  3. Ed Cognoski says:

    Maybe Plano ISD has better PR than DISD.

  4. Ed Cognoski says:

    @Jean Val Jean: Without the band, it’s just a game.

  5. Guyndallas says:

    Amen, Tim.

  6. voiceofsharon says:

    It all depends on who manages the money. Irving ISD is slated to give their teachers a 5% raise. Irving also spends less per student than surrounding districts yet is able to maintain scores. We ain’t Highland Park ISD, but we expect and do more with what we have.