July 29, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Lake County School Board Members Can’t Do Math

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Lake County School Board

Members Can’t Do Math

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It appears the Lake County School Board members can’t do simple math.  They are howling, along with their liberal friends, about the information we brought forward from their own year-end reports they reported to the state of Florida.  We contend, and rightly so, that the Lake County School District has an overabundance of student stations by 8,910.  That is the reason for all of their budgetary woes.  It’s like a landlord having almost one-in-five of his apartments vacant—the district doesn’t get money from the state without students in those seats.The main reason they are howling so loud is that by law school impact fees can only be used for new student stations and the district does not need any.  In fact, right now, Lake County should be like Marion, Sumter, and Citrus Counties with zero school impact fees.  The district’s own numbers show how much of a sham the new impact fee study is that the School Board just paid for.  It only proves you can hire any consultant to manufacture any number you want.For our School Board members and those in the liberal media who struggle with mathematics, let us break down the information provided by the Lake County School District to the state of Florida at the end of this school year (2014-2015).

50, 841  Available Student Stations in the Lake County School District
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41,931   Students Enrolled in the Lake County School District

  8,910     Unused Student Stations in the Lake County School District

At the end of the 2008-2009 school year, there were 40,405 students enrolled in the Lake County School District, and at the end of the 2014-2015 school year there were 41,931 students enrolled.

41,931   Students Enrolled at Year-end 2014-2015
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40,405   Students Enrolled at Year-End 2008-2009

  1,526   New Students Enrolled in the Lake County School District in the Last 6 Years

If you take 1,526 students divided by 6 years—that equals an average of 254 new students per year.

Here is your algebra problem for the day:

If the Lake County School District has 8,910 unused student stations and they are onlyaveraging 254 new students per year, how many years of student stations do they have available?  To get your answer, take 8,910 unused student stations divided 254 (average number of new students per year), which equals 35 years when rounded.

These pesky facts get in the way, and now you have the School Board members disowning and making excuses for their own numbers that they reported to the state of Florida.  They are making more excuses than a politician caught with a prostitute and a bag of pot.

By law, the Lake County School Board should not be charging school impact fees, because they cannot justify them.  Frankly, the real problem is they have the overabundance of 8,910 student stations in all the wrong places.  Their only solution is to bus kids to the empty student stations, or ask the voters from the area where they want new schools to approve a school bond—a special tax assessment for their area.

This is what happens when you give government officials millions of dollars in tax money with no accountability.

In our view, there is a real case for new homeowners to file a class action lawsuit against the Lake County School District for a refund of school impact fees that have been overpaid over the last few years.  It appears they have knowingly misrepresented the facts.

How can you expect our children to learn simple math when our School Board members and the  administration can’t do it?

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July 22, 2015 at 10:22 am

The South Lake School District

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The South Lake School District

     
School Board Member District 3 Marc Dodd (on the left) and
School Board Member District 1 Bill Mathias (on the right)

Mathias Says South Lake County
Controls School Board 

At the Lake County School Board meeting on August 10, 2015, members will vote on whether to put a referendum on the November ballot, asking voters to change from the current at-large elections for School Board members to single-member district elections.  At-large School Board members are elected by all voters in the county, and this opens the door to influence peddling by people from other districts through campaign contributions and transplanting candidates.  Our group believes that representation should be within the district—we support single-member district elections (electing School Board members only in their respective districts).  We support the referendum.

The Lake County School District should be renamed the South Lake School District because most of the attention, money, and efforts are being made to schools in South Lake County.  Currently, you have School Board members who are supposed to be representing districts in the northern areas ignoring the needs of their schools and voters.

This is not our view—this is School Board Member District 1 Bill Mathias’s view.  At the last School Board meeting Mathias said, “How well do you really represent your district? The political environment is South Lake County gets out, they vote, and they control this board. If you are not liked in South Lake, you don’t get elected.  End of the story.”

School Board Member District 3 Marc Dodd, who represents Clermont south to Four Corners, made a stunning admission in a Daily Commercial article when he said, “This has come about because there is a segment of our population that is not feeling represented.  The School Board members elected from their district are not fighting for their needs and so a single member district could potentially correct that.  On the flipside, you also want to make sure you have a model in place where the School Board members have the best interest of the county as a whole.”

Okay, let us translate Dodd’s statement for you.

The “segment of our population” Dodd refers to is code for minorities whose children are stuck in the failing schools in North Lake County.  Right now, Leesburg, Fruitland Park, and Lady Lake need a strong School Board member that advocates for them and not South Lake County.

When Dodd says, “The School Board members elected from their district are not fighting for their needs…” he unwittingly speaks the truth again.  The schools in North Lake County are decaying on many levels, yet the headlines and actions of the northern School Board members are always on what can be done in South Lake County.

Consider the huge economic challenges being faced in North Lake County, yet these School Board members voted unanimously to raise school impact fees to the highest cost in the state of Florida, despite there not being any new school needs in North Lake County.  The area where most of Lake County’s working families live and work, these northern School Board members voted to hurt their own constituency.  There is absolutely no reason why School Board members—Stephanie Luke, Roseanne Brandeburg, and Debbie Stivender—should have supported higher school impact fees when South Lake County can vote on a school bond referendum to build schools in their district.  Essentially, they are forcing North Lake County taxpayers to pay for South Lake County schools.

Finally, Dodd says, “You also want to make sure you have a model in place where the School Board members have the best interest of the county as a whole.”  He is talking about South Lake County—what is in the best interest of his district.

School Board Member District 1 Bill Mathias is correct, it is about the cost of running a countywide campaign, but more importantly it is about representing your constituents.  Do the people of Leesburg want South Lake County politicians deciding who will represent Leesburg?  Under the current system, there is little chance a minority that truly represents the interest of his or her community in Leesburg will ever be elected to the Lake County School Board.

The following is a breakdown of the Lake County School Board members, their district, and a quick description of their district’s geography.  Ask them this one question, “Who do you really represent?”  It will be curious to see which School Board members fear the voters of their district by voting against allowing the referendum be put on the ballot.  Let the people decide what’s best—not the politicians.

District 1—Bill Mathias—South Leesburg, Groveland, Mascotte

District 2—Rosanne Brandeburg—Lady Lake, Leesburg, Fruitland Park

District 3—Marc Dodd—Clermont down to southern county line

District 4—Debbie Stivender—Tavares, Mount Dora, Astatula, Howey-in-the-Hills

District 5—Stephanie Luke—Eustis, Umatilla, North Lake County

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