Letter: Trying to save teachers’ jobs

By on March 12, 2009

This is driving me crazy! With our economy tanked, we need to preserve jobs. I am still trying to save teachers jobs at Kaneland School District 302.

I believe there is a way to do this if the teachers and the School Board work together. I have not had any confirmed information that the teachers rejected my suggestion briefly outlined in my letter to the editor (Feb. 19, 2009) but I have been told it was discussed and rejected. At the Citizens Advisory Committee meeting on Feb. 26, 2009, Kaneland Administration stated they were still planning to terminate teachers.

At the School Board meeting held on Feb. 9, 2009, there were discussions about finding ways to improve cash flow. While some cash could be found to help cash flow caused by a shortfall of about $1,500,000 attributed to state funding commitments not made, it would be insufficient to prevent the termination of some of the teachers.

However, the School Board could show good faith in making a commitment to follow the advice of their financial expert, which would provide cash. From what I heard, the cash made available would not have any negative impact on operating expenses, but it could be used for teacher’s salaries if the School Board chose to do so.

My take on this situation is the School Board could follow the advice of their financial expert and the teachers could elect to defer the salary increases granted during the last negotiations. Thus, teacher’s jobs would be saved. All are winners; most of all are the students.

H. Jack Hansen