Archive for Thursday, January 7, 2010

Water, school funding top resolution list

January 7, 2010

With the start of the new year, The Eudora News will once again make its community resolution list. As in the past, the list is not about self-improvement but issues that need to be resolved in the next 12 months.

Eudora should see resolution to the city's long legal battle against Douglas County Rural Water District No. 4. Although expensive, the economic slowdown that has brought construction activity to a near standstill here and elsewhere has negated the legal quarrel's actual consequence to the city.

With the coming court judgment, the city will get direction in how to pursue its future growth, and be able to do so without the press of development proposals

We're also hoping new Eudora City Administrator John Harrenstein's citizen technology committee will provide solutions to the city's technology upgrade, including a much needed Web presence.

Finally, the pressing issue before Eudora USD 491 is the current funding crunch. The point of the resolution list is that there were local solutions to local issues. But no matter their experience, expertise or dexterity, all school administrators and boards across the state can do is respond to decisions dictated by the economy and lawmakers in Topeka.

It is comforting to know the district is in capable hands in a difficult time and that the administration has the full confidence of the board, but unfortunately with school funding shrinking to levels equal to what it was before the Legislature responded to court-ordered funding boosts, the local response to the crisis can't avoid painful decisions that will be seen in the classroom.

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