LESD “Tribune” “Look at all the schools we’ve built”


JUST OVER 100 NEW STUDENTS OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS
You just got a copy of another “fake” newspaper in your driveway, this time from the Litchfield Elementary School District.  Previously we got one from the county hospital.  Seems they only publish them when they want money.  Some consultant must be telling them to make them look like newspapers to fool people into thinking they actually contain some “news” that you can trust.

There are some easy “tells” in this one to let you know it’s just a bunch of one sided rubbish.

First, trying to trick you into thinking it might actually be a newspaper.

Second, this one does not even say who paid for and published it.

Third, the numbers presented which purport to tell us how great a job Dr. Lein and her crew are doing are all cherry picked.  By that I mean that they are like city of Goodyear’s numbers, when they want them to sound BIG they give you totals, when they want them to sound SMALL they give percentages, per pupil, per gallon, etc etc etc….

So let’s just look at one “tell”.  Page 2, in the top yellow box, ninth bullet down, right below Georgia Lord’s smiling face telling you to pass the bond, it says, “From 1997-2010 our District experienced tremendous growth as we built and opened 10 schools in 13 years.”

What this SHOULD say, if it were honest, is give you EXACTLY WHAT THEIR ENROLLMENT HAS BEEN OVER THAT PERIOD, NOT SOME SQUISHY STATEMENT LIKE, “look at all the schools we’ve built.”

So here is the real data below.  Now you decide.  AND, here is a link to their website with the data from the most recent audited financial report available from the LESD. 

THEY ADDED JUST OVER 100 STUDENTS OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS.

LITCHFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 79 ENROLLMENT (ADM)
LAST TEN FISCAL YEARS (UNAUDITED)

Fiscal
Year        ADM

2012-13 9,841
2011-12 9,646
2010-11 9,724
2009-10 9,401
2008-09 9,344
2007-08 8,924
2006-07 8,255
2005-06 7,372
2004-05 6,733
2003-04 5,942

Increase/
(Decrease) % Change

195 2.02%
(78) -0.80%
323 3.44%
57 0.61%
420 4.71%
669 8.10%
883 11.98%
639 9.49%
791 13.31%
1,000 20.23%

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3 Responses

  1. I am tried of getting substantial increases on property tax bills, I also have investment rental property. Extra money for schools never changes anything and is never enough. I’m selling some property.

  2. Where did you get your numbers????? I just got the correct numbers from Ann Donahue, Community Liaison for the Litchfield school district. Your unaudited numbers are erroneous. correct numbers: 2011-12 10,508 (not 9,646) 2012-2013 10,722 (not 9,841) an increase of 214 (not 195): 2013-2014 11,013 an increase in one year of 291 students!!!!! That is a lot of students, Just imagine 291 elementary children in your living room, maybe you might need to add on??????????? Please tell me where you got your numbers. And please, tell me how you would like to teach a classroom overflowing with 40 elementary kids in your classroom, a small investment on your part would go a long way to help a child learn in a small (28 student) classroom instead of an overcrowded one.

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