GRU should give schools lower rates


Published: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 1:18 a.m.
I admit that I have not been following the School Board/GRU debate as closely as I should. There appears to be some animosity behind the story, and maybe there are other cost-saving considerations built into a GRU contract. But saving money is always important.
It makes sense to me to explore discounts, cheaper ways to do business, and ways to funnel more dollars out of facilities and into the classroom, especially where there is no effect on the facilities. GRU bills are certainly fair game and should be set at the lowest rate possible.
GRU is a government entity that serves much the same population as the students and families. Education is important and by all accounts underfunded. GRU and the city of Gainesville should be very willing to support their very same citizens by setting the School Board's rates at the lowest level possible.
If GRU doesn't allow the lowest rates to the School Board, the city once again distinguishes itself from county citizens to its own benefits. County residents also pay GRU bills, paying a premium on the service to do so. By refusing to reduce rates, the city takes even more dollars from county residents. All residents, whether county or Gainesville, support the schools, send kids to the schools, and should strive to reduce whatever burden we can on the schools.
I don't believe that GRU/Gainesville should object to supporting the very same schools that their own kids, as well as their customers, attend.
I believe addressing the SBAC's energy policies is a prime expectation from the public for the School Board.
Alison Law, Gainesville

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