Our governor allocated millions of dollars to be distributed to school districts throughout the state. Most school districts took Gray Davis at his word when he said that the moneys were discretionary but should go toward bolstering teacher salaries.
Has this happened in El Centro? No! Dr. Klentschy and/or the school board have seen fit to hold the money hostage. He has been telling all those who will listen that there is no money to pay the teachers what they are asking.
My question to him is where has the money gone? It is public knowledge the administrators in the elementary district were given a raise last spring and had their insurance covered. Last month these same administrators were given a 5 percent raise that was retroactive to last July. Rumor has it that a large amount of money has been transferred into the building fund (perhaps a new school district office is in the works). New Open Court textbooks K-3 have been purchased and already delivered to many El Centro schools to be used next school year. A high-priced out-of-town attorney is paid to conduct the official negotiating for the school board.