Opposition to Change

Changing the state Child Protective Services Department’s number to an acronym essentially has no negative effects: It makes the number more widely known, increases the protection for children, and preserves the successful family. Although there are many components that may make this change effective, there are also elements that would not be proving sufficient to tax payers, such as the cost of the improvement.

As for a local level of social services, to change the number to an acronym, there is no charge. It is based on if the number wanted is the number available. Because the proposed change is for the state line, there is more of a charge.

The money for this change would come, ultimately, from the taxpayers or the state of Virginia themselves. State programs have money set aside for initiatives, such as this one, to make the state more cooperative to the citizens that reside in it.

Could Resistance Pose a Threat?

 

After stating options for a solution to the Fluvanna County educational budget we must take the next steps towards recovery in discussing and preparing for the possible resistance that may be faced.  With a petition to the state being filed you need the support of those in the area of it’s topic, this being the citizens of Fluvanna County.  When you give your support through your signature on a petition you are signing over your support to the cause and not just the solution that is being hoped for.   An incentive to sign the petition would be to keep county taxes from being raised but the resistance and down side could become the commitment to the cause if the petition is not excepted.

The good comparison to the contract that the petition may become would be a ‘pinky promise’.  When a citizens puts their signiture on the petition they are making a ‘pinky promise’ to the cause.  They are pledging their support, and with that pledge comes a risk.  The risk being the petition not being passed and approved by the state.  If this is to occur than those who have made the commitment to the cause would be held to it in the event that taxes would be raised.

A petition on this issue has been drawn up once before, in the year 2012, when the cuts were first begun.  The petition was directed to the Counties Board of Supervisors, pleading them to reconsider the allotted budget to the educational system.  The petition was greatly supported in the county, with over 500 signatures and heavy media attention.  The Board of Supervisors did hear the cry but not much was changed.  With the support still there the likelihood of a popular and successful petition is good.

Hopefully the supporters in the county, those personally invested in the prosperity of the school system will make this commitment once again but will the other percentages, those who are not personally invested?  And if they do not join the cause then will the petition hold enough weight to be considered?  This is the possible resistance to the solution and in them lay the risks that are being taken by those who truly care about the direction of the county.

https://www.change.org/petitions/fluvanna-county-board-of-supervisors-to-support-fluvanna-county-schools

Point B

Several groups who may be recalcitrant towards my proposal towards alcohol safety may be several groups such as those who are worried that the school may gain the reputation as a party school with the potential of these alcohol classes. They feel that that the problems that already exist with the University are not able to be solved with these classes and with adherence with the current alcohol policy which would be strict. They do have influence over how policy is implemented as the ones who could make my proposal a reality and the ones in charge will be obstinate over the issue.

A Solution to Start the Recovery

For a problem so deep and large scale finding an easy, realistic solution can be a difficult thing to do.  One must think about all of the different angles and find one fraction of the problem to focus the details on.  The honing process has been completed and a conclusion has been made to render the use of furlough days in the Fluvanna County School System.  In order for this to successfully occurred a solution must be attempted.

One could easily argue to raise county property and business tax but would that bring more citizen backlash and negativity?  What about a readjustment of the budget, moving pay away from administrative salaries?  Or is another pay cut really the answer to the current pay cut?  One way to keep things moving forward while putting a permanent fix on the problem would be to petition the state of Virginia for more education funding.  The process may be tedious and tough but as citizens of the state the county students deserve this chance for the best education to be provided to them.  In order for this solution to occur the majority of the county population would have to support this choice and be willing to sign the petition that would be sent to the state for evaluation.  This same process has been used in many states nation wide as well as countless districts and counties.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/fund-education-fairly

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/school_finance/

Resistance

A potential resistance would come from the donors. The supply-kit relies on donations, it would be the only way to create and distribute them at no cost. The first choice for a donor is the local Farmville Walmart, if they chose not to participate I would then turn to the Longwood donors. If neither group participated, then another option would need to be examined.

The supply-kits would be a welcome to Longwood gift for the incoming freshman; therefore they would need to be free. The donors would need to supply the materials or the funds needed to create the kits. Walmart may not want to donate such a significant amount of school supplies. There is an estimated 800-1000 incoming freshman, which would require a large amount of school supplies. The Longwood donors may not agree with the idea of handing out free school supply-kits or not see the potential aid they will offer to the students. If the Longwood donors do not like the supply-kit proposal they would not want to contribute funding.

As I previously stated, the supply-kits cannot exist without the aid of an outside source. Walmart could be a significant contributer if they donated the supplies because financial funding would not be necessary. Walmart denying the donated supplies would cause the need for money to purchase the supplies. the donors would contribute the money; however if they do not want to take part in this than they supply-kits existence relies on Walmart, Longwood donors, or both, a potential partnership.

Longwood’s 4,834 students come from over 25 states and foreign countries.

  • Enrollment: 4,834; 4,355 undergraduates
  • 31% male
  • 15% minority
  • 1064 freshman
  • Enrolled freshman SAT mid-range: 940 – 1110
  • Enrolled freshman ACT mid-range: 19 – 23
  • Enrolled freshman GPA mid-range: 3.06 – 3.62

Average enrolled transfer GPA: 3.1

http://www.longwood.edu/about.htm

Plant Inclusion Concerns

I think the greatest concern garden centers would have for my solution is how to decide which plants to include that are introduced but not harmful to the environment. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has a chart that details introduced plants with degrees of invasiveness. The list would be grouped thinking of popular landscape, flowering plants, and herbs that the particular garden center sells with a recommended warning about particularly harmful plants known in Virginia Beach area. Many popular herbs such as basil and rosemary for cuisine are not native to Virginia, but they provide benefits for people and animals and are not invasive. Mint is invasive and spreads through a root system, but if the someone really wanted to grow it, s/he could grow it in a pot to prevent the spread of its roots. Whether it’s providing berries or nuts for birds and mammals, nectar for bees and butterflies, or nesting material and protection from prey and weather, a wide variety of plants serve these purposes that are introduced but not harmful to their new environment.

Mass Resistance?

While mass resistance is not as big of a concern there still could be some flack. Resistance to this problem is most definitely going to be on the money front. In the day in age nobody really ever wants to spend money on things that aren’t broken, to the naked eye. Specific groups that may pose a threat to the proposal are those in control of the money and those who might be inconvenienced by the small disruption of installation. While these groups could come out of the woodwork in masses, the biggest threat is that of money controllers.

The money would presumably be coming from the maintenance budget of the VDOT Board of Supervisors within the county of Prince Edward; this is instead of the town of Farmville. Because of this it will be on those in charge in Farmville to stand up and fight for the funding to help make the town safer and less of a liability for the county of Prince Edward.

Resistance in the fight?

Fighting hunger at a local level can be difficult sometimes. Prince Edward has a high number of families fighting this issue. I propose an idea of starting a program to help students in Prince Edward Elementary School. The idea of the “Pack the Sack” program is based off of donations. Students that  qualify for free/reduced price lunch in schools would have a permission slip sent home to ask permission for them to be included in the program. The program would send backpacks home with the children that qualify on Friday afternoons with six healthy meals for the weekend.

There are two extremes to fighting hunger. One would to be to do nothing. The other would be to try to help the families as a whole. The program I am proposing is more focused on elementary school aged children. I feel that this is a great place to start the program but it could be adopted into the middle and high school in the near future.

Some of the school board could possibly resist this program. They could think that this distributing of the backpacks could take away class time or take away the child’s focus. They could also think about the funds. This program would not cost the county anything. The program would be based on donations. The principal of the school could also resist the program.

The problem is that the school board and principal have a lot of control of the program. The program would have to be approved to be placed into the school system. This could make putting the program into place a little harder. For evidence, there are multiple school systems around Virginia that has put this type of program into place and it is working very well for them.

I would hope that the school board and principal would be focused on the positive effects that the program could have on the children than the negative. In the long run, this would help the student’s progress and success and in return effect the test scores that would be reflected on the elementary school.

Resistance to Police Physical Fitness Standards

The issue of police officer physical fitness stands as an ongoing issue that has been present for a long period of time but has been attempted to be resolved before.  Specifically in Chesterfield County, Virginia, an attempt to institute physical fitness standards that patrol officers must abide by on a regular basis was attempted by Captain Hal Moser of the Chesterfield County Police Department.  However, in an interview with Captain Moser, he stated that he ran into resistance when trying to compose and conduct these standards through the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  However, my proposal will not be faced with this issue because while my solution is similar to Captain Moser’s, it has slight differences. The slight differences in my solution are that the physical fitness standards are not required of incumbents of Chesterfield County Police and the individuals who participate in the program are rewarded with more benefits than just greater physical fitness levels.

To recap, my proposed solution to cure the problem of Chesterfield County police patrol officers being physically unfit to handle most physically demanding situations which does not provide for the best protection and service is to develop physical fitness requirements that the department would deem necessary for their officers to be in outstanding physical fitness but do not require them to meet them.  Instead, in this program, the department will offer an opportunity to their officers to meet these standards once a month, and if an officer fulfills the standards, he or she may enjoy incentives such as a pay stipend.  Essentially, this program has physical fitness standards that are an expectation that their officers meet rather than a requirement, but it also offers incentives to entice those officers to participate.

Now, the resistance to this solution falls in the hands of two groups. The first group of resistance would be the Chesterfield County Police Department. They would likely resist because this program is going to cost a little bit of money and resources to solve the issue.  However, I believe that the cost will be low.  The reason they would resist based on cost is because the money they spend on this program could be allocated for other important projects within the department.  For instance, the Chesterfield County Police Department might prefer to spend the money they would allocate for this program on crime prevention strategies.  However, I plan on overcoming this resistance by showing that having patrol officers in extraordinary physical condition stands as a form of crime prevention because those officers will be more equipped to prevent crime or resolve crime in those situations that require an exuberant amount of physical fitness.  Furthermore, I would also overcome this resistance by portraying that the costs that would be allocated toward this solution would be minimal.  For instance, the biggest cost would be the distribution of the incentive of a pay stipend which would only be the case if the department chose to adopt that incentive into their program.  Moreover, there would be very minimal costs to conduct the program because they could have academy instructors conduct the tests during one day out of the month.  Lastly, since the program is optional, the officers participating could come in to test on one of their off days in which the department would not need to pay them for being there because the program is strictly optional.

Now, the second group that would oppose this solution would be the Chesterfield County Government.  The reason they would oppose this solution would be in the case that Chesterfield County Police Department asked for more funds for this program and the Chesterfield County Government did not want to allocate more funds to them.  They would have to allocate more funds to the department for this program which would potentially rearrange the budget for the whole county, and since this solution is not a guarantee that police performance will be increased because it is optional, they will feel that it is a waste of money.  However, I anticipate overcoming this resistance the same way I anticipate to overcome the resistance put forward by the Chesterfield County Police Department which is to show how the costs are minimal and that it inevitably will increase job performance compared to the performances present now.

Overall, I also anticipate overcoming both of these forms of resistance by showing how it differs from requiring officers to meet physical fitness standards.  Essentially, this solution differs from my previous solution because it does not require the officers to meet physical fitness requirements.  This program is strictly optional from the viewpoint of the officers.  Moreover, building on this notion, the new solution will not violate any legislation that is already present.

 

References

Moser, H. (2014, January 27). Interview by G.J. Bardenheier. Police physical fitness.