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Tensions run high with budget crunch

Our task each day as a newspaper is to lend a voice to all who feel they have none as has been the role of newspapers for the better part of the past 200 years.

By allowing this voice for individuals who feel they do not have the social, political or financial standing of others, the media has played an important role in the development of our country. This is evidenced in the importance the Founding Fathers gave to freedom of the press in the First Amendment.

With that right comes responsibility on our part.

Sunday, the Ennis Daily News published an unattributed letter that originally appeared on our website late Friday afternoon. The letter is from an individual claiming to be a 1998 graduate of Ennis High, who felt the need to call for administrators at Ennis ISD to look at cuts higher up the pay scale before hitting other staffers and teachers with layoffs.

The aim for publishing the article was to lend a voice to the individual concerned and others who’ve echoed those thoughts. There is a flip side to that coin. Unfortunately, the letter was not attributable so the newspaper bears the sole responsibility for the content.

Therefore, it’s our responsibility to follow up the thought with our own.

First, we must make it clear that no personnel cuts have been announced. But we all know the system is facing a budget crisis unlike any other in recent memory.

Secondly, the published letter included some comments that were distracting from its main points.

The individual’s concerns are valid and should be communicated with the public, but not all have been verified. Still the concern for what is possibly on the horizon is real. The individual wants EISD to look at all avenues of reductions before just automatically cutting personnel.

This is an understandable concern and one most residents of the community likely echo.

To be fair, we must remind the community that cuts were made this past fiscal year when property values plummeted causing the school system to take in less money than expected. The system has not overspent beyond the original budget this year. Those previous cuts included a varied approach and personnel slashes were not among those. We also understand that at some point in this fiscal crunch, individuals will be laid off in a variety of government posts, from the federal to the local levels.

It’s also inevitable that emotions will run high in the coming months and we bear the responsibility of making sure focus is brought to all concerns. Sunday’s letter may have distracted with the choice words from a frustrated individual and some innuendos that are not entirely accurate — based on what we know right now.

We continue to ask for local comments regarding all issues and appreciate those who speak their minds — on or off the record. We do not want to cause a panic because there’s no basis for one. However, we remain committed to watching this budget crunch unfold and we are confident our administrators are up to the challenge and look to them to do what’s right for our children.

 

 

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Posted by on Mar 29 2011. Filed under Editorials. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

1 Comment for “Tensions run high with budget crunch”

  1. 1998 EHS Graduate and parent

    How about cutting the free meals everyday? How about turning the lights off at the old Jr. High? How about putting motion detectors in all of the bath rooms for lighting control? Just suggestions. I have lots more.

    -1998 EHS Graduate and parent

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