Like any small Ohio town, there was a nip in the air, a bit of rain and a gloomy sky. The sky was not the only thing gloomy in this small town.
Monday night we visited the scheduled school board meeting the Louisville elementary school was standing room only. Mostly full of educators from all over the county, all geared up to badger the board of education. Armed with yellow sheets of paper stating “Our community deserves better” We observed the typical children speaking to the board about the impact teachers have had and how a strike would impact them. We listened to a speaker explain how this was a Louisville problem and should be handled in Louisville and was shamed by the board for seeking assistance outside of Louisville. While he was speaking we observed several other school districts holding up signs “Jackson Supports Louisville” Lake, Hoover and other school district teachers from outside of Louisville.
This was clearly an emotional ploy to resolve a financial disagreement.
We toured the town of Louisville and noticed several homes for sale
The pending home sales were not nearly as alarming as the several vacant homes that were not as noticeable unless you looked. Many were not in disrepair but when you looked closely it was obviously uninhabited.
With the school board being emotionally badgered, shrinking home ownership and abandoned homes in virtually every neighborhood we toured, who would pay for these raises? What tax base would support the demanded teacher raises? Louisville’s teacher salaries are competitive, in fact; they are in the upper tier within the surrounding area. With a failing business structure and abandoned homes, it seems there is no feasible way to satisfy the teacher’s unreasonable demands.