Letter: Questions for the Kaneland School District
By Elburn Herald
on March 4, 2010
I just read the article about Kaneland District plans to reduce their teachers by 112 teachers. The plan indicated that first-, second- and third-year teachers and part-time teachers would be considered for â€œpink slipsâ€.
I have a few questions to present to the School District.
First of all, if you are considering first-, second- and third-year and part-time teachers, didnâ€™t we all know three years ago that things were getting very tight? If I knew this why didn’t the School District know this?
Second of all, are you considering handing out â€œpink slipsâ€ to the administration at the same percentage that you are considering â€œpink slippingâ€ teachers?
Third of all, why are you not starting at the top and leaving the front line teachers to be the last to be considered for â€œpink slipsâ€? After all, the schoolâ€™s main purpose is to teach children, and that is what teachers do, not administrators.
In these rough days, we all have to tighten our belts and cut back on spending, but we all have to prioritize the cut backs and leave the most essentials to be the last to be cut. My message to the Kaneland School District is to cut the waste and frills and cut the non-essentials and leave the essentials alone. I would be interested in reading in the Elburn Herald, from the School District, what exactly their intentions are.
Kids have always been important to me. They are our future, and if we don’t educate them to the very best of our ability, then our future will be lost.
aka JoJo the Clown