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Support Our Teachers

POSTED April 24, 2012 10:46 p.m.

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to Michelle Burke’s Letter to the Editor in the April 18, 2012 issue, “Let’s Clarify, Shall We?” I am in full agreement with Pat Pfefferle’s Letter to the Editor, “Looking for a Fair Settlement.”

If everyone got what they “deserved,” then everyone would be receiving a pay raise, but there is no money for that. A person in leadership should understand that a job well done will be compensated in due time. Mrs. Burke failed to mention that the Board is not only negotiating for five furlough days but also a 2.5 percent pay cut to the teacher’s salaries. With a grand total of 5 percent pay cut to the teachers this year. Mrs. Griffiths not only received a 3 percent pay raise, the 2011-2012 school budget has paid for her schooling as well. I have no problem with Mrs. Griffiths getting a raise, however, if our school budget is in “the red” and is forced to ask the teachers to take a pay cut, layoff a teacher, and possibly cut teacher’s aides, how is that fair?

These negotiations have been strung out the entire school year, and there is still no settlement. Money has been spent out of the same general fund for attorney fees, substitute pay, fact finding fees, and other negotiations related tasks. It is unfortunate to see the dysfunction between all parties involved.

I can’t speak for everyone, but I do know many parents at this small school support our teachers at this time. As a former student at Knights Ferry School, and mother of four children, I would like to recognize the wonderful teachers and aides that have been a positive presence in our lives. Mrs. Pfefferle is a wonderful person and teacher, and has been with this school a very long time. I know that my children have and will have a better education because of her. I have had the privilege of working in her class weekly and have seen a great transformation in her students.

Sincerely,
Megan Martinelli-Peterson
Former student and involved parent

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