Dorchester Two Wants Money, Not Approval
Dorchester 2 generally finds its way onto the pages of this site for instances of unwarranted self-praise from Superintendent Joe Pye, although here and there we do like to point out examples of particularly ignorant commentary from the school board.
Now the district is hoping to use tax hikes to pay for an aggressive spending agenda. Pending the passage of a $177 million referendum this fall, the district is hoping to build four new schools. The referendum would end up increasing property taxes by anywhere from $84-$126 per $100,000 of assessed house value.
The only problem is that the taxpayers being asked to foot the bill aren't interested. According to polling done this year, a majority of taxpayers don't want the referendum. Interestingly enough, another - even more costly referendum - failed to pass back in 2007.
This must puzzle and infuriate Superintendent Pye, who doubtless can't understand why the community doesn't want to be an open piggy bank for his building ambitions. In fact, Pye is even heading up a non-profit that was formed to convince local taxpayers that they actually really do think that their taxes should go up. Accoridng to Pye, the district just didn't "sell it right" the last time they tried to pass a referendum. If condescension and self-satisfaction could be monetized, Pye would have the projects funded in no time.
Here's another possibility that Superintendent Pye and the spend-happy School Board should consider. Taxpayers have already entrusted them with large sums of public money. Instead of yearning to spend even more money that they don't have, they could get serious about re-prioritizing resources on classroom instruction.