How much is spend on substitutes?
With regard to the Brandon School Division budget, they should have to cancel all out-of-country and out-of-province in-service days. The only in-service days should be the ones designated for the whole school division. Meetings in school requiring substitutes should also be eliminated to save money. It would be interesting to know how much money is spent on substitutes for in-service days.
They just don’t care
In regards to the article in Sound Off in the March 1 paper, “We Need A New Government.” I certainly agree with that. Mr. Tweed and Mr. Harper don’t care about us old seniors or vets. I lost my retirement and my farm, with their high interest rates and cheap food policies and now I have to live on $540 a month. MPs have their guaranteed salaries plus their pensions and they expect us to live on this $540 a month. If I was not still working at age 75, that is all I would have and possibly have to go on welfare. Our old age pension should be at least double what it is now. How about it, Mr. Tweed?
Appears to be unaffordable housing
Regarding the shortage of affordable housing. There is Manitoba Housing across the street from us. There are four buildings, and presently five of the residences within those four are unoccupied and have been since January. They don’t seem to be doing repairs in them; they just did them all in the summer time. So it is just funny that they are sitting empty.
Squandering our tax dollars
I want to raise my concerns about the fiscal mismanagement at the BSD. Example one: In 2010, the school board chose to resurface the teachers’ parking lot at Meadows School at a cost of $10,112. That year my school taxes increased by $282. In fact, school taxes in 2010 provoked a great deal of tax rage, yet the school board defended its budget as being pared to the bone. I believe that assertion of fiscal responsibility was misleading. Example two: In 2010, the school board also had an exterior ramp constructed at Meadows at a cost of $18,900. Although it was funded by the Public Schools Finance Board, a steel ramp similar to the one at Linden Lanes could have been installed much more economically. Whether funded provincially or locally, it all comes from the our pockets. I’m sure there are hundreds of other example of waste. Our school board should be audited with the results made public.
No time to wait
The other night, the two waiting-rooms at the Brandon hospital’s emergency room were so full you had to sit on the floor. Why can’t they call staff in to help? There were at least two groups from out of town that decided to leave and drive to a hospital in a smaller town. One in pain with a broken leg.
Always thinking of themselves
Just a thank you to the Brandon School Division for being scared of a bit of snow, after dark. We all showed up to see the meeting was cancelled. Some school board, only thinking of themselves.
Might as well leave it now
After this last snowstorm, once the main and secondary roads are all cleared, do you think the city will finally clean my street for the first time this year?
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 11, 2013