LETTER: Trustees should borrow own money, not taxpayers’

Re: SD69 trustees seek ability to run deficits (The NEWS, Nov. 30)

The reason outlined in the story is an excellent example of why the rules can’t change. If the teachers identify that their current program does not best prepare students for the real world, change the program to meet the real world.

Work hard and develop co-op real world experience in the building/renovation industry with profession developers and construction companies. Making the leap that teachers have a keen professional eye for guaranteed real estate ventures, that elected school boards have the professional expertise to start a profit-making mini-venture fund based on their access to a student body workforce and easy money, and that taxpayers funds for education are to be unnecessarily risked in a series of ad hoc, spur of the moment exercises sounds dumb.

Tighter controls on taxpayers money are in order, not looser. If teachers and school board members are so sure of their abilities in the free market, they should go and borrow all they can and invest their money in their dream.

Gordon Olafsen

Qualicum Beach

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