The Rapid City School Board is waiting for the plan from legislators who waded neck deep in the local election and opposed the proposed opt-out as a group:
“It really hurts, because now we’re back to the only thing we can do, and that’s start cutting programs and start cutting staff,” Hansen says. “You know, because 85 percent of your budget is always staff.”
Hansen and other supporters of the opt-out say they now expect those who opposed it to present meaningful alternatives.
District 35 state Rep. Lynne DiSanto of Rapid City wants to do that, beyond tax hikes.
“We really would like to have all things on the table, besides just a tax increase,” DiSanto says. “We really would like to look more comprehensively at some options for school funding.”
DiSanto joined three other Black Hills lawmakers in a press conference against the opt out the day before the vote. Hansen says that put the burden on them to have a plan.
“I can’t believe they don’t already have it,” he said.
What’s your thoughts on it?
Politically, did the group of legislators step into the middle of a mess, given any problem solving they can provide is seven or eight months into the future and contingent on the other 101 legislators?
And will the school district be pointing fingers at them, and calling it ‘their fault’ when they cut things like band and football?