By Deb Boelkes,10-26-22
People have asked for my opinion on the Nassau County School District’s Ad Valorem Mileage Rate increase on our general election ballot. I’m voting NO as a result of one-on-one conversations with a number of teacher candidates who have interviewed for teaching positions with Nassau County schools but decided to work elsewhere (in favor of working in Duval or Camden County schools) and teachers who did work in this district but elected to relocate to Duval or Camden due to district administration and management issues. I personally take exit interviews very seriously, as should our school board. As Albert discussed in his letter above, the issues these teachers primarily highlighted were not so much about money as they were with the way the district is managed. Funny, I’ve found that’s often the case with disgruntled employees in the corporate world, too….quitting is rarely about money. Quitting is usually about management / cultural issues. People join companies but leave managers.
BTW, a friend who lives in Palm Beach County forwarded me their “Palm Beach Young Republicans” Voters Guide for the mid-term election in Palm Beach County. Interestingly, they have a very similar Referendum on their Ballot, but in their case it’s a vote to CONTINUE their ad velorum levy for school safety, teachers and operational needs. The Palm Beach Young Republicans (usually comprised of conservative parents with school-aged children) recommended a NO vote on their ad velorum levy for teachers, safety, & operational needs.
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