Westerville South High School
October 13, 2003
Volume IX Issue 2
The Final Say
The Scribe sounds off about the upcoming levy
Over the past weeks, Terry Wike, the Chairman and Treasurer of the Westerville Action Group has been circulating letters
in the community outlining problems with the school system and proclaiming why the fall levy for Westerville
City schools should not have the support of voters.
This letter chastises the district for "wasteful" spending and encourages residents to deny the district the funds
requested on the upcoming ballot. In addition to many others in the district, The Scribe
found this letter was riddled with inaccuracies.
The letter rebukes the district's $15 million delegated
to retirement benefits within the budget. However, the state mandates the amount of money Westerville City Schools pay out
in retirement benefits. This is not something to be "talked about," as Wike says. It is simply a non-negotiable matter.
Wike also complains that our school system is rated "efficient" and not "excellent," in spite of all the taxes paid
out by Westerville citizens. This, too, is inaccurate as our district is currently
rated "effective," meaning the district met 18 of 22 state-wide indicators. "Effective" is the second highest rating a district
In addition to scrutinizing how money is spent within the district, Wike protests that students in the district should
not need remedial courses upon entering college. However, within the district only 32 percent of students need remedial classes
to qualify for college courses. The state average is 36 percent.
Inaccuracies aside, The Scribe feels that this individual could not possibly
know first-hand of the situation within Westerville City Schools. With his children enrolled in private school, Wike never
experienced the trouble that many Westerville students and parents came to know
all too well at the start of this past year.
Wike claims that the schools should leave character education
to parents and get back to the basics of math and English. The Scribe believes
creating well-rounded citizens requires a balanced education in all areas, including integrity and tolerance.
The Scribe also
believes that Wike was blatantly wrong in claiming that last spring's levy failure proved voters have no faith in the school
board. On the contrary, the editorial staff judges that voters were confused about why the district needed more money and
were not provided with enough factual information.
It is The Scribes
hope that the Westerville Action Groups circulation of false information and anti-levy sentiments will not stop the voters
of Westerville from supporting the schools.
Now is the time the district needs funding the most. Without
the levy, more classes will be cut, more programs will lose funding, and what was once an effective district will find itself
in serious financial trouble.
The Scribe hopes
that voters will take the initiative to research and find the facts, not the fallacies, of Westerville City Schools operating
levy and vote yes to support the schools.
Reprinted with permission.