Day 129 – Budget


The school district is planning on asking the teachers to work unpaid
days to help make up some of the budget short fall. Last time they did
that, the union (much to Garbanzo’s chagrine) agreed to give the
district 10 free days of work without pay. The teachers were the only
group that did that. The district promises not to just do that to the
teachers this time. We shall see.

I came to get the girls today and saw this on Garbanzo’s desk. His
brand new voice-over-IP phone. A phone that costs about $300.

I understand grants and restrictions put on them. I understand the
advantages of VoIP versus copper/traditional telephone systems. I also
understand the cost savings.

But I can also do the math. It all better be grant money. Because this
is hard for me to understand at a time like this…especially since
there are cheaper solutions than this name brand one they chose. Hell,
we are looking at the open source (free) one for our work.

Can’t wait to find out his cut in pay. At least he’ll have a shiny new

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Just me... says:

    Oh, no.. Not Cisco!! :):)
    As for the unpaid days, it’s akin to our 3% across the board.. But ours did catch everyone, not just one group.. Good luck!! 🙂

  2. I am surprised the teachers union would agree to that, ours would eat their young first.

    Maybe he can stay after school with the shiny new phone and have a phone sex business to make up the difference.

  3. Hubman says:

    Reminds me of the time my dad came home from work at Pan Am in the late 80’s, bitching up a storm. He worked in Cargo Ops and it seems that their one and only heavy-lift forklift (I’m talking 10 ton+ capacity) for lifting shipping containers had been out of service for several weeks. Claiming budget issues, management said “make do with what you have”.

    But they had the money to paint the exterior of the cargo building.

    No wonder Pan Am went bankrupt, with that sort of thinking…

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