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Education office spends funds freely

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The headline “Education administrators earn nearly $200K,” above the fold of the Sept. 2 Auburn Journal can be disputed. Perhaps, “Education administrators are paid nearly $200K,” would be more accurate. The Placer County Office of Education (PCOE) officials to which the AJ article pertains certainly are not guardians of public funds. The printing cost of the 2009 PCOE annual report is a recent example. The report, a slick, multicolored brochure, worthy of any con artist, is designed more to impress than to inform. Impress who is only one question. The printing bill from a Placerville printer for 5,000 reports described as “16 Pager With Cover Print, Foil, Diecut, Trim, Saddle Stitch, Hand Fold & Carton Pack 4cp + 1 PMS+Foil 400 - PMS+Foil On 100# Gloss Book & 100f Gloss Cover Finie Size 6.75 x 6.75,” is $10,559.79. My stomach will not take asking if this includes the design. I do question the advantage to PCOE-taxpayers for PCOE-administrators’ spending over $10,000 for fluff that would be better spent in Placer County classrooms. DAN SOKOL, Auburn