Kodiak Daily Mirror - Cut loose launchless KLC pay for struggling schools
  
Cut loose launchless KLC, pay for struggling schools
Feb 23, 2012 | 129 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To the editor:

Where are the governor’s priorities?

After reading over the Feb. 9 Alaska Budget Report (especially pages 13-15) and the headlines in the KDM yesterday, “Closed School or Teacher Cuts,” I am scratching my head and wondering what in the world is Gov. Parnell thinking? How can he justify requesting another $8 million dollars to bail out the Kodiak Launch Complex and its 28 employees with no future launches scheduled, yet deny the Kodiak School District $3.5 million to avoid closing an entire school, laying off hard-working teachers, or canceling school programs?

This is so unfair and our school district should never be put in this position. I’d sure like to know what those 28 KLC employees actually do with themselves during the long periods of a year or two in between launches.

Would the state fund a city school to stay open with no kids enrolled?

Alaska Aerospace Company executives also made the top spenders’ list. These guys are all about junkets that they claim are necessary to attract launch business, but, as you know, they never get any results. I think being an AAC employee is a sinecure, pure and simple. It’s time to cut them loose and direct precious state money to concrete, meritorious investments in our future: our kids and schools!

Stacy Studebaker
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