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The Sun letter to the editor: In response to The Sun News article

I would like the opportunity to respond to The Sun’s Sept. 5th article on the Aug. 29th special meeting held by the Frontier Board of Education, where I cast the lone dissenting vote on the resolution to transfer monies from the workers compensation reserve funds to the general fund. This transfer by no means strengthens the district reserves.

What was not mentioned in the article is that the transfer of the $1.5 million from the worker’s compensation to the general fund balance will only be enough to cover the shortfall of revenues over expenses for the fiscal year 2012 – 2013.

Entering the 2014 – 2015 academic year, the district will be left with under $1 million in the general fund balance and no way to cover expenses, now that the worker’s compensation fund is being drained.

My duty as a board member is not to support the same Band-Aid® solution the district has depended on, for the last 10 years.

With increasing class sizes, decreasing extracurricular activities and the additional pressures put on the teachers and students with the new mandates, I feel that the district needs to start looking outside the box, to maintain the high academic standard.

Lynn Szalkowski, CPA
Frontier Board of Education member

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