Letters to the Editor for Jan. 5, 2011
School board needs to cut costs
To the editor:
Our district mission is exceeding the challenges of tomorrow through quality education today.
The times we are in are extremely tough. Now is a time for unity and working together as much as possible. The classified hourly workers for the Baker Schools are commended for their skills, effort and loyalty. We respect them for their service.
We educate kids. To do that most effectively, we must use our funds so our children receive the maximum benefit and assistance to sustain the excellence common to the Baker 5J schools.
Paying a part-time worker a full-time benefit for an entire year is costly. When times are tough and cuts and required, we must look to make the cuts that least affect our students. The money we have comes from the community through taxation. The amounts we receive from the state of Oregon are being cut drastically, certainly expanses which are out of our control, such as the PERS liability, are increasing. It is not fiscally responsible to pay full-time benefits for part-time work.
Even with the potential local revenue sources available, we cannot raise all the money necessary to completely cover the funding shortfall in the next few years. We will have to reduce spending. The need and requirement to education our children does not go away even when schools are poorly funded. We need to minimize the impact on our children, leaving no stones unturned.
Thank you for your support.Damien Yervasi, Baker School Board Chair
Lynne Burroughs, board member
Rusty Munn, board member
Andrew Bryan, board member
Ginger Savage, board member