Letters to the Editor for Jan. 5, 2011

By Jayson Jacoby / The Baker City Herald

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

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