A few days ago, the Daily Pilot ran a story about Nancy Gonzalez, an elementary school teacher who has been accused of soliciting money for an end of school party and put on leave.

You can read the entire story by clicking here.

I have no idea what the rules are, whether the teacher violated them, or how much this matters in the overall scheme of things.

What concerns me is the absurdity and the hypocrisy.

For many years, the N-MUSD has operated a bus transportation system at multimillion dollar deficits. This year, the bus budget is operating at about $6 million in the red. Rates/fares have not been raised in about 20 years. This is a blatant example of mismanagement of taxpayer dollars, yet, there is no call to place the person or people responsible on administrative leave.

Also at this time, the entire budget is dependent on reserves to make ends meet. Yet, again, there are no consequences for anyone in the administration or on the school board.

And why should there be consequences? After all, it’s not real money – it’s tax money, and sooner or later, there’s more of it to spend. That’s life at the top.

Ah, but now we have a case in which a teacher at Wilson Elementary is accused of trying to collect a few dollars for a class party! Outrageous!

It works both ways. If we’re going to punish a teacher for some financial misstep, we should punish the administrators responsible for doing the same thing.

Ah, but that would mean justice, clarity, and fair treatment and there seems to be a shortage of all three these days at the N-MUSD.

Steve Smith

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