Like the people in this photo, we are parents, grandparents, and citizens who care about our schools.
We live in the Avon Grove school district. We think our schools are great, and we want them to stay that way.
Most of us have kids in the AG schools, or have had kids who have graduated from AG schools. Some of us
are retired and enjoy the high property values that great schools bring to a community. We know that
educating our kids is one of the most important civic duties we have. We are willing to spend money to make
sure our schools remain great.
However, we also are taxpayers in the AG school district. Nobody likes taxes, but we recognize that taxes
are required to keep our schools great. Great teachers, modern teaching equipment, athletics, bands, technology and other school activities all help to produce well-rounded, free-thinking, mature adults. Those things cost money, and we are willing to pay those costs.
However, we have seen our school taxes increase faster than the rate of inflation, and much faster than our incomes are rising. We hear that the school board is considering an expensive new high school with additions such as an Early Learning Center, a Community Health Center, and a duplicate competition stadium. We see how the current high school has been allowed to deteriorate in order to justify a new building. We want to spend money that actually educates our kids, but are strongly against building monuments.
We see how the number of high cost, administrative, non-teaching positions have increased in our schools, but we don't see any improvement in test scores.
We see a School Administration that does not behave as if available revenue from the community is limited and that we must be selective about what new expenses, programs and capital improvements are initiated. The majority of the current school board has consistently approved these requests resulting in the need to increase school taxes year after year by the maximum amount allowed by PA law without seeking public approval. There is a concern that these tax increases will not be enough to pay for the increasing debt incurred from the new facilities and that taxes will need to be increased even higher.
The information we provide in this site comes from the school administration and is generally available to the public though not necessarily easy to find or interpret. We invest the time to attend public meetings, search the web sites and ask questions to help others stay informed about what is going on and offer an alternative perspective on the issues. Most of these issues would not be visible to the general public without the attention we have brought to them recently. They are not hidden but rather typically only discussed and considered within the community directly involved with or employed by the school district. Decisions made are critically important to the success of the schools and our community but they also have a substantial impact on the entire taxpaying community of stakeholders providing the resources to support those choices. We encourage others to do their own research and reach their own better informed conclusions.
WHY WE DO THIS
Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of teachers, administrators, school directors, and thousands of taxpayers, we have a great school district.
Our schools rank in the top 15% of Pennsylvania schools.
We all want great schools. We want our kids to grow into happy, productive citizens. We know we need to spend money to get great schools. You can't have great schools without spending money on teachers, equipment, athletics, bands, books, technology and the facilities to use them. We're happy to invest to ensure our schools are great - and Avon Grove schools are great!
But that doesn't mean we can spend irresponsibly. We need to be sure that every dollar we spend actually helps our kids become responsible, well-educated, free-thinking adults. Every dollar spent on an unneeded component of a new building or highly-compensated Administrators is a dollar that can't be spent on teachers, or athletics, or musical bands, or computers.
We want to be sure the money invested in our great schools actually helps to educate our kids.
We are deeply concerned about our schools and our community.
AVON GROVE TAXPAYERS FOR RESPONSIBLE SPENDING IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH ANY POLITICAL PARTY OR GROUP