The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Breaking News

Opinion

August 16, 2012

Which business partner will you choose?

CLINTON — As the vote draws nearer to decide whether or not EC will merge with Preston, please be sure to think about the decision with regards to the benefits to our students and district as a whole.  

Schools are much like businesses and students are the “customers.”  Schools have income, expenses, employees, and a product (in a school’s case, educating students is the product). 

Across Iowa, there are fewer customers to generate funds for schools.  So, like businesses, schools sometimes need partners to make them more efficient and effective.  In the case of East Central searching for a partner, which choice would you make?

Partner A (Whole Grade Sharing with Northeast):  This potential “business” partner has newer and better facilities than EC does. They have invested millions of dollars on modern, attractive, accessible and efficient facilities for our students. They often plan for the long-range future with product development and buildings.  They have always been interested in working with us.

 We have a good working relationship with them and our goals are very similar to theirs. The combination of the “product” and the facilities help to attract customers to this business.  They have more money to “invest” in our “product” than we do.  

This partner offers more for some of our older “customers” all at their facility, while we, East Central, are able to meet the needs of our younger “customers” at our own facility. This partner is an established business with a recognized brand name.  

By partnering with Northeast, East Central would not lose our own recognized brand name. Partnering with them would give our students more than what they have experienced in the past through a 28E sharing agreement; more opportunities to better our “product”.  

Employees serving younger “customers” will retain their jobs.  

East Central saves money by partnering with Northeast because our costs decrease and at the same time we are able to offer our “customers” more.

With the money we save by partnering, we will be able to invest in our younger “customers.”  Continued partnership will offer security and stability for our “investors” (the taxpayers) and will still be a vertical move for our “customers.”

Partner B (Merging with Preston): This potential “business” partner has about the same quality of facilities as EC.  To be competitive, millions of dollars would need to be spent on improvements to make facilities handicapped accessible, to become a state-of-the-art learning environment, and to be competitive.

This partner has not been interested in working with another partner in the past, but because of financial difficulties, they are now seeking a partner to ease their burden.  They have less money than we do to “invest” in our “product”.  

Our past relationship has been rocky at best, at times even ending working together on certain issues.  They have not been shown to be forward thinkers and have not displayed long-term goals for product development in their business plan.  

Many times, they are planning only for the immediate future.  This partner, even after combining with EC, would still need to seek out yet another partner (Maquoketa) to offer some of our “customers” everything they need to finish off the “product”.   In this partnership, some existing employees will be cut based on seniority. Combining our efforts with them now would be a step backwards for our customers, offering not much more than what EC had a few years ago with a 28E sharing agreement.

If you were in a business, and wanted to grow your business and sustain it long term, produce a quality product (education) for your customers (students),  without burdening our shareholders (the community) with risky investments, and doing what makes sense financially for all parties involved, which partner would you choose?

Partner A is the obvious choice.

Voting no on Sept. 11 will provide a quality product, saves dollars and makes sense.

Opt4EC Group (Citizens, parents, and/or teachers who support the East Central School District)

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Off and on the record Let us now praise anonymous sources.The new White House press secretary got into a familiar old spat with the White House press corps the other day over the use of anonymous sources.Josh Earnest — has there ever been a more perfectly named White Hous

    July 25, 2014

  • Be more informed

    Blame the city.That is a favorite pastime of many, including me at times. Driving over that pesky pothole or paying that annual property tax bill can lead to some choice words referencing the city. Nobody takes the brunt of being the scapegoat more t

    July 25, 2014

  • CCC thanks community, collaborators for successful movie night Clinton Community College would like to thank those who participated in the free outdoor movie showing of “Captain America – Winter Soldier” on the evening of Friday, July 18.We are grateful to have such wonderful community collaborators in the Erick

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Todd Akin's back again to talk of rape So, Todd Akin is back and he’s talking rape again.You remember what happened last time. The would-be Missouri senator torpedoed his campaign two years ago after suggesting in a TV interview that if a woman is a victim of “legitimate rape,” she is unl

    July 22, 2014

  • Sadness remains as two-year mark passes in cousins' case As most citizens of the Cedar Valley are well aware, July 13 marked two years since the disappearance of cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey of Evansdale.The passage of time provides some semblance of healing, but the sadness, particul

    July 22, 2014

  • UI needs to keep its admission standards high There’s been a lot of talk lately — most of it coming from the leadership of the Iowa state Board of Regents — about the University of Iowa not being passionate enough about its recruitment of in-state undergraduates. Regent president Bruce Rastetter

    July 21, 2014

  • Vote fraud myths meet voting rights reality Before she was allowed to register and vote for the first time in Franklin County, North Carolina, Rosanell Eaton had to read the entire preamble to the U.S. Constitution out loud in front of three men in the county courthouse.Eaton is black. The thr

    July 21, 2014 1 Story

  • 7-21-14 David Helscher mug Prepare for possible effects of Fed's decisions It has been more than 5 years since the Federal Reserve has taken unprecedented steps to support the economy through purchases of Treasury and mortgage-backed debt securities. This has generally been called quantitative easing and has not been withou

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

With the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission and the Clinton County Board of Supervisors discussing proposals to construct a new jail, do you think the time has come for Clinton County to construct such a facility?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook