Let's put these sacrifices into perspective. How many days in one year do teachers work? How many days do other people work in one year in this county? If it snows and roads are dangerous, do teachers have to transport their children to daycare or a sitter?
The majority of working people do their jobs and they are not paid for staying home on a bad weather day. Teachers have a set, predicable income. Have they ever compared what benefits and raises other taxpayers in this county are getting? A step down off their pedestal may allow them to understand that not everyone is afforded good health insurance, bad weather days off, guaranteed salary income, or retirement.
Many taxpayers have been laid off or had their hours cut drastically by employers. Asking taxpayers to dig deeper into their pockets is no problem for those who do not have to put in extra days or overtime to make ends meet. The majority of employers in Shenandoah County do not readily allow overtime or working extra days if it means overtime.
Teachers do not leave a receptive, productive work place just because of money. Perhaps a survey given to teachers that have left Shenandoah County to teach elsewhere may indicate that the administration is the culprit, not pay. The majority of taxpayers have cut back already as evidenced by the slow increase in spending. Now, why ask those who have made sacrifices in the storm of unpredictable income to dig deeper?
Good teachers have found, by whatever creative endeavor, to make do with what they have and have done so successfully without negatively affecting the education of their students. It would be wise to identify those administrative positions that can be eliminated, as they do not involve direct instruction with any student. There is satisfaction in budgeting when monetary waste is identified and removed. I hear those struggling, these are their words.
Cindy Bailey, Woodstock