Letter: Questions for the Kaneland School District

By on March 4, 2010

I just read the article about Kaneland District plans to reduce their teachers by 112 teachers. The plan indicated that first-, second- and third-year teachers and part-time teachers would be considered for “pink slips”.

I have a few questions to present to the School District.

First of all, if you are considering first-, second- and third-year and part-time teachers, didn’t we all know three years ago that things were getting very tight? If I knew this why didn’t the School District know this?

Second of all, are you considering handing out “pink slips” to the administration at the same percentage that you are considering “pink slipping” teachers?

Third of all, why are you not starting at the top and leaving the front line teachers to be the last to be considered for “pink slips”? After all, the school’s main purpose is to teach children, and that is what teachers do, not administrators.

In these rough days, we all have to tighten our belts and cut back on spending, but we all have to prioritize the cut backs and leave the most essentials to be the last to be cut. My message to the Kaneland School District is to cut the waste and frills and cut the non-essentials and leave the essentials alone. I would be interested in reading in the Elburn Herald, from the School District, what exactly their intentions are.

Kids have always been important to me. They are our future, and if we don’t educate them to the very best of our ability, then our future will be lost.

Karen McCannon
aka JoJo the Clown
Sugar Grove

One Comment

  1. RM

    March 6, 2010 at 8:18 AM

    Karen – you need to reread the article! The district does not plan to let 112 teacher go. They are anticipating less than half that number. There aren’t a lot of frills or waste to cut. All the HS clubs are being axed. Sports at the middle school are being cut. Write to your legislators and demand that the State pay its debt to our schools. That is the real problem. We need legislators who know how to balance a budget, raise taxes if necessary and cut waste (like their salaries and benefits). Instead of the federal government initiative (Race to the TOP) we need money directed toward just keeping the schools open.