|To the Editor: Custar woman supports BG school levy|
|Written by Esther Nagel|
|Monday, 06 May 2013 09:23|
On Friday, I spoke with Ann McVey, Superintdendent of BG schools and Rhonda Melchi, BGSD Treasurer. Ann said the BGSD is considered a wealthy district due to high land values. Inserting this "wealthy" calculation into the state school funding formula results in BG schools receiving only 25 percent of the state per student allotment. This results in the board often returning to the voters for more funding. The recent mailing lists cuts from the past few years.
Rhonda said she is required, by law, to draw up a 5 year forecast for school finances. She predicts the deficits outlined in recent news releases.
Board members listen to Ann and Rhonda. Talking with them both, looking each other in the eye with no flinching gave me the sense they are truthful and trustworthy.
Teachers receiving salaries of $80,000.00+ bring much experience to their efforts. Beginning teachers are paid less than half this. I know of teachers who spend much personal time during the school year plus the summer, preparing lesson plans and improving their skills. Paying someone a salary of $80,000.00 to give young people the tools they need to become a productive member of society is worth it.
I couldn't do what teachers do. I appreciate the good teachers who work with our young people.
I hope this will convince a majority of BG school district residents to vote, as I will, for the levy.
Thank you for your consideration.
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