I have a good friend who is a roofer. Starting in the late summer, he is glued to the weather channel. File that for a moment.

Yesterday’s surprise downpour caused classroom flooding at Killybrooke El that was so bad the parents of students were given the option today of being bused to Costa Mesa High to learn (which, as I am sure you realize, is very productive), or they could stay home.

While I am sure there were plenty of kids who are doing a rain dance today, busing kids to an ill-prepared site or keeping them home is not the best way to get an education, particularly at a school where less than half the students failed to meet state proficiency in the new Common Core testing for English.

But here’s what I want to know… The flooding was caused by a contractor who failed to do the basic weather monitoring like my roofer friend and allowed water to disrupt the education of our children. So, who pays for any damages? Who pays for the cost of busing kids, and who pays for any potential make-up in instructional hours?

Who pays? You will. I have little hope that anyone in the district or on the board will approach the air conditioning installer and ask for a reimbursement of taxpayer dollars for their failure to protect school – your – property. That kind of boat rocking, even though it’s common sense to you and me, is not standard operating procedure.

The reason is that this is not real money, it’s tax dollars and there is always more. So rather than doing the right thing and demanding restitution, it will just be forgotten.

Of course, the work should have been completed before the semester started, but that’s… oh, never mind.

Steve Smith

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