Garfield County School District, UT – Usage Fees run amuck!!!

When school districts forget about people and become just another government agency they need reminders like this.  I wrote this at the request of Jason Porter.  I hope it helps.
Garfield County School District
Superintendent: ben.dalton@garfk12.org
cc:  Business Administrator: kevin.orton@garfk12.org
cc:  School Board Rep: kenp@scinternet.net
 
I salute you in your efforts to standardize the building rental policy and procedures in an attempt to obtain fairness and equality.  That works in urban districts where the environments are equal.  It does not work in districts with isolated communities.
 
Small rural districts have unique challenges because of limited resources, volunteers and funding.  This requires partnerships with cities, businesses, and volunteers.  Escalante has always stepped up to those challenges.
 
When Fire Station #1 was built in Town Center Park it displaced the “ball park”.  The school district partnered with the volunteers and allowed unused and undeveloped property to be developed for the purpose of a “ball park” for the bantom league.  There was, to my knowledge, no discussion about fees, etc.,  it was a community effort.  When Potato Valley Lions Club donated $750 for materials to build the dugouts, there was no discussion of usage fees.  When the business community donated  time and equipment to level the field, install fencing, and grade an access road, there was no mention of fees.  And when efforts by members of various organizations helped the district lay water pipe for irrigation water, they didn’t ask to get paid.
 
I believe you need to revisit your decision regarding the excessive, on-going fees that are being proposed for use of the “community field”.  Liability insurance needs to be provided by those using the field, but in good faith the school board needs, in my opinion, to recognize the hundreds of dollars of in-kind work and other funds and allow use of the field by the bantom program for a set amount of time without additional fees.  It should not be forever, but it should be fair.
 
Thank you for your time and consideration.
 
Jana Hassett,
Past President – Potato Valley Lions Club
Escalante Business Owner

Another Year Comes To An End

I love the end of the year.  It’s the time we get to sit back and review what we’ve done, both professionally and personally.  That assessment is so vital to our mental health, even the news media partakes.

They’ll spend the next few weeks going back and collecting info on what they covered; facts, statistics, people stories – all the major stories of the year.  We’ll get to see those recaps and remember with them.  But have we done the same for our own lives?

Every year end, the shortest day of the year, I put together a list of accomplishments.  I then compare that to the list of goals I wrote down last December and compare the two.  How did I do this year?  I don’t know yet, because the year isn’t quite over.  But I’ll tell you more about it December 21st.  In the meantime, I’ll start writing down thoughts on what is important to accomplish in 2014.  I’ll also revisit my goals for 2013 and see what didn’t happen and should it continue to be on the list or have I moved on without it?

I try and access where I want my life to go, how should I spend my money, what should I focus on for jewelry designs, what changes do Tracy and I want to make at the store, what can I do to improve my health?  All questions I’ll think about and ultimately put down on paper.  I learned many years ago to write it down – I won’t remember a year from now and when I check back in the middle of the year to see how I’m doing I won’t have anything to compare it to.  Lots of questions without answers – yet!

Stay tuned – until next time.

Bloomburg Businessweek 2/11 – 2/17/13

Top 5

#5  –  Breakfast Brunch

Everyone is trying to do everything and no one stands out – so many talk shows and not enough celebrities; so many writers, not enough stories; so many designers, performers, singers, dancers,  and yet no one really stands out.  Everyone, including our President, does the talk show run, the late night show run, and now it’s the Breakfast Run.  Have Breakfast with the movers and shakers, mostly in New York City, and you’ll own the world.  Sigh!

#4  –  Price of Electricity per Kilowatt Hour

Mexico                                 .15 cents

Japan & Germany            .11

India                                      .09

China                                     .07

USA                                       .06

Wonder what the US rate would be if you turned off all the coal fired plants?

 

#3  –  Long-Term Unemployed or Displaced?

Several articles discussed the unemployed and the long-term unemployed.  Unemployed or displaced by automation.  Andy Stern, former President of the SEIUnion, predicts unemployment will be a more generalized job drought which will be the result largely of automation.

#2  –  WeThePeople.com

Has not proven to be the success constituents anticipated.  There isn’t any discussion from The White House about how many new emails they’ve mined from the “petitions”, but it hasn’t been enough to get a response.  145,000 on-line petitions have been generated and 98 have gotten written responses.  It now takes 100,000 “signatures” to get an official press release style response.

The only true success was the release the White House Beer recipe.

#1  –  Chocolate

Jobs may not be available to the long-term unemployed; the U.S. cattle herds may be dwindling; Automation may be driving away jobs while members of Congress can’t even agree to disagree.  But the true crisis of our society is grossly under-reported   –  the growing shortage of Cocoa.

No cocoa, no chocolate.  The Worlds largest Cocoa groves are in West Africa and growers are switching to more profitable crops.  Cocoa is difficult to grow, picky about weather, and takes many years for new trees to produce.  Watch for chocolate to become more scarce and more expensive.

Until Next Week – – – –