Let us pretend…

Let’s pretend I am a high school principal and school district administrator in a school district with a half dozen schools. One high school, one middle school, and about four or so elementary schools. And as it should be all parents is demanding accountability for every dollar spent. Dollars collected through county and business taxes. Plus teachers and support staff are wanting pay increases along with more money for books and educational and activity materials. Art supplies, games, playground balls and more. Plus salaries and benefits for councilors, support office staff and janitorial and maintenance personnel. Operating and funding a school district is not cheap. Costs go up every school year. Actual tax revenue often remains the same and most resident taxpayers resist increased taxes. So being a school administrator is a thankless job. You would have to love teaching and the kids that come with it. Most teachers do. Thank god.

Then one day a parent comes to you with a request for all schools to include and build out a third bathroom. A third bathroom to accommodate a transgender child. To use the existing bathroom for any transgender child is troublesome. The Trans child is often harassed or taunted by the non-trans children. So a third bathroom is a must, a parent might argue. A Trans boy could not easily go into a boy’s lavatory because of a genitalia difference. A boy might see the former girl’s genitals. Not a good idea for the Trans boy. The complications are endless. So Mr. School Administrator, please install at the school district’s expense a third bathroom. Now, how this is resolved when the school district has no available money for a third bathroom at each school. Probably costing about fifteen to twenty thousand dollars for each school. Where does the money come from? With limited space at some school, where is a third bathroom built in an existing facility? How often would it be used? How is this presented to the non-trans student parents? Tell me how is all this done to every body’s satisfaction? Or is this just some passing whim or trend? I personally don’t get it. However, I an old and grumpy.

Published by Okie Beyond borders

I come from a family who migrated from the parched red dirt Plaines of southern rural Oklahoma. Migrating to blue collar working class community of East Los Angeles. There is where I was born. I am Mr. Writermelon. I can only write what my grammar and spell checker allows. I am neither profound nor profane. Boy howdy! Send comment to: Mr.writermelon@gmail.com

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