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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Franklin School Board + 2 new members = same old school board

Tucked inside the latest entry of new Franklin School Board member Janet Evans’ exciting blog is actually some important information other than upcoming district bake sales.

Janet informs us, albeit buried, that the proposed Franklin school tax levy for next year will be $30,607,191 compared to last year’s levy of $29,464,517.

I think if you take away the superintendent’s salary and benefit package and those of all the other administrators and personnel, the levy might be around $5 million, but please don’t quote me on that.

Now there are a couple of ways to view Janet’s information, and it is valuable information:

1) That’s a 3.8% increase in the levy from last year. Given what those highway robbers who call themselves Franklin Public School District administrators and school board members have gotten away with in the past, 3.8% might be cause to pop open the champagne.

2) During a time of recession, and after the School Board approved major salary/benefit increases for administrators (in other words, it's kinda late, but that's not Janet's fault)
, why in the world would the school district be increasing spending by $1.14 MILLION???

While I appreciate Janet’s conveyance (finally) of some critical information, she doesn’t express any feeling about the proposed tax levy in her blog and that’s very surprising given her highly opinionated past. I guess if you want to know how she really feels, you’ll just have to obtain an audience with her 20 minutes before some meeting down the road.

Janet also writes that at a previous meeting, she noted that, “a salary freeze for Administrators should be considered.”

Wrong. How about, “a salary freeze for Administrators should be enacted.” The school board already has the power to make it happen. The next time salary issues come up, JUST SAY NO TO ANY INCREASES.

No, I am not enthused at all that the Franklin School Board has two new members. So far, it looks like the same taxpayer be damned attitude. It appears more housecleaning might be in order.

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