Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fund teachers, not bureaucrats

I do not support the hiring of a Blaine County School District communications director for the following reason:

With limited education funds, we must be careful that these funds are not diverted from classroom support to the administrative sector. What is more important, having adequate supplies and student support in our classrooms or adding yet another layer of bureaucracy at the district office?

Having taught for 21 years in California, I watched as more and more school funds were diverted from the classroom to the administration. This "administrative creep" was a slow process that resulted, in the school district where I taught, in the administration's becoming so top-heavy that the impact was devastating to our classrooms. Class sizes of 36 were normal and split grade levels were common. There was no bus service for field trips and teachers had to buy many supplies out of their own pockets.

I would hate to see this form of "Californication" happen to our wonderful school district in this valley. Having taught 13 years in Blaine County, I can attest to the dedicated teachers, administration and school board. The supportive, wonderful parents and terrific kids we have in this valley demand a quality program; let's make sure they have it.

Rick Dressell

Retired Blaine County teacher


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