Letter: David Dickinson, Leesburg

Editor: Clearly, Loudoun parents are frustrated with our school district embarrassing itself on a national stage, and they are looking for ways to express their disappointment and frustration.  

While there are no scheduled School Board elections this year to vent these frustrations, there is a school bond referendum. I encourage all Loudouners to vote against this year’s school bond and tangibly demonstrate their disappointment with LCPS.

November has become the season for $100M+ school bonds in Loudoun and, this year, we need to shoot down the $159M school bond on the ballot. Year-after-year, the school administration makes overly rosy student enrollment projections that never materialize in order to substantiate their inordinate and undeserved budget increases. Year-after-year, the Board of Supervisors continues its “permissive parenting” and enables LCPS’s reckless and unwarranted spending and grants large budget increases.Especially this year—when several thousand students withdrew from LCPS—additional funding is not needed.

This November, take a stand and vote against LCPS. Vote responsibly and vote against school bonds.

David Dickinson, Leesburg

9 thoughts on “Letter: David Dickinson, Leesburg

  • 2021-06-16 at 8:50 am
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    Voting against the bond referendum does nothing to negatively impact the school board as a group. It only hurts the taxpayers.

    The Board of Supervisors has selected general obligation bonds as the method of funding these projects. General obligation bonds have historically been among the least expensive means of financing school construction and are sold with a 20-year repayment schedule for construction projects. Using this method, people moving into Loudoun will help pay for the schools that will be built for the county’s increasing school population.

    If the bond referendum is not approved, the Board of Supervisors must find other means of funding for these projects that is typically more expensive and less timely.

    • 2021-06-16 at 1:13 pm
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      This year’s bond includes:

      1. Dulles South elementary school ($63.54 million)
      2. Valley Service Center replacement and bus parking ($37.69 million)
      3. $8.755 million for new school buses
      4. $49.425 million for facility upgrades throughout the division

      #3 and #4 and part of #2 should not be included in a bond referendum. If you are concerned about overall cost, the cheapest method is to pay cash and not pay interest on borrowed money at all. The School Board, in full collusion with the Board of Supervisors, has taken to pushing as much to bond referendums as possible to continue their egregious spending. It is terrible that LCPS overinflates enrollment projections, then magically “finds” money at the end of the year, and then sucks down $100M+ in bond referendums annually on top it all. The level of LCPS waste is enormous.

      Further, the BoS now bundles all items together in a single bond (they used to be separate items to vote on…and they should still be that way) to gain broader appeal. The school bond in Leesburg almost failed one year and, after that, the BoS put out a single bond so there was something in it for everyone and, on top of that, added a slush fund to each bond (in this case “$49.425 million for facility upgrades”) to tap in a variety of ways. This is bad, bad, bad bonding.

      Stop allowing LCPS to waste your money. Vote no on all school bonds!!!

  • 2021-06-16 at 9:16 am
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    Rejecting the bond is a valid option but remember there is a recall effort underway in both Fairfax and Loudoun counties. This effort would remove the people on the board that have violated the public trust while in office.

    We have to remember the vicious way the school board has attacked parents and teachers and wasted huge resources in the fruitless policies they have pursued. We need to remember this at the next several elections. We need adults intent on educating our children running the schools and the whole county.

    • 2021-06-16 at 1:18 pm
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      I sincerely hope that there will be School Board members on the ballot in November 🙂

      Money is fungible. When we overfund LCPS, as we have for years, we give them the ability to do stupid things and waste “huge resources in the fruitless policies they have pursued.” When people vote for fat bonds, LCPS then has extra money to hire consultants with agendas, sue their own teachers, harass parents, etc.

      Vote against all LCPS bonds. Starve the Beast!

      • 2021-06-16 at 6:32 pm
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        David,

        For at least 10 years you’ve complained about the school board, no matter who is a member of it. You probably complain about the Board of Supervisors as well. I think you’ve made quite the long-term hobby of it.

        I don’t believe that everything each board does is golden, but your attitude of criticizing everything they do, no matter who is a member makes any valid arguments you may have seem like just sour grapes. Give it a rest sometime.

        • 2021-06-17 at 10:28 am
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          Until LCPS’s budget is dramatically reduced, and our property taxes are reduced, I will continue to point out how much both Boards waste and how much money they don’t need. 10 years down, probably 10+ more to go. We have not had a fiscally responsible Board (School or County) in the 15 years I have been here.

          • 2021-06-18 at 10:06 am
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            To David’s point, the per pupil spending around 2014 was $11,500. Now, it is over $17,000 per pupil and higher than the more expensive Fairfax which has a much higher proportion of FRL and ESL students (which cost more to educate). Our real estate tax should be $0.20 lower at least if not for the scandalous largess thrown toward LCPS employees.

            Those are the hard facts.

  • 2021-06-16 at 2:45 pm
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    When you work for an IT company they tend to have an unwritten rule in operations… “Don’t put our company in the news for the wrong reasons.” This refers to performing some kind of change or other operation that can cause an outage or other problem that will garner negative attention in the news, and will result in punishments ranging from a formal reprimand up to termination. I watched Employee X get terminated for making what should have been a simple change had it been done correctly but instead turned into an outage because Employee X failed to follow procedures, obtain proper authorization to make said change, and to properly document it ahead of the operation… and this was the second time in about as many months that Employee X had done something like this.

    Here we have our school board putting Loudoun County and its public school system in the news for all the wrong reasons… they are not educating the children and providing them with the tools they will need to succeed in life but rather concerned with political indoctrination, self-hating, and holding back children who need and can handle academic pushes instead of finding ways to empower teachers to reach the ones who are having issues… because “equal outcome” somehow became more important than encouraging the children to become the best they can be while exploring different options and interests.

  • 2021-06-16 at 8:08 pm
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    Let’s not use our children schools to push the neo-trump agenda. As Jesus said in John 15:12 “Love each other as I have loved you” and not push this hate because some humans have different gender views.

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