- Is the election board reimbursing the district (and thus, us the tax payers) for the costs associated with closing of the schools, when the principal reason for the schools is teaching our kids, not having a place to vote?
This question was not addressed by Rockwood School District Chief Communications Officer Kim Cranston. Responses to other questions follow.
- What is the cost to the district (and thus us, the tax payers) in the schools being closed?
"Rockwood students have a school calendar consisting of 180 school days. This day is not one of the 180 days. There are other days students don’t attend school, such as Martin Luther King or Labor Day. These holidays also are not included in the count of 180 student days."
- For those parents who work and will not be at home during the day, will alternative arrangements be made to care for the kids that otherwise would have been in school?
"Holiday Adventure Club provides a full day of care (6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) on many of the district holidays, such as Election Day. The children will participate in a fun-filled day of special activities in a well-supervised environment. Children are provided a morning and afternoon snack but must bring a sack lunch. Please refer to the district website for more information.
- Will district employees, now who will have the day off, be allowed to pass out literature, brochures, outside of the polling places promoting their candidates and causes?
"Per Board Regulation 0380: Employees may distribute campaign literature, work at the polls, telephone prospective voters, assist with mailings, and otherwise participate in the political process as permitted by law, so long as employees engage in such activities outside of working hours.”
- Have the teacher's unions endorsed candidates, causes, that they will have district employees passing out literature at polling places for?
This question should be directed to Suzanne Dotta, RNEA president.
Editor's Note: Dotta's contact information is email@example.com 636-394-7777, extension 105.