It's hard to imagine how one administrator is so in tune to the fact that poverty has increased by so much for so many of Beloit's students, and at the same time, the superintendent is asking Beloit taxpayers to vote for a tax increase. It might be better to ask for enough to take care of the necessary building improvements now, and save the wish list items (pool, tennis courts, fitness center) for a time when people are in better shape financially.
Last year 73.3% of our kids needed free or reduced lunch. That means almost 3/4 of Beloit's kids need help buying lunch. Children living in poverty increased 63.7% since 2003. More than 30% of Beloit's kids now live in poverty! The statewide average is 17%.
The last thing these people need right now is higher taxes.
Wisconsin Department of Instruction poverty statistics