Schools do need the money Smith Young's letter in the Aug. 16 paper advising us to defeat any Douglas County School District bond proposal is flawed in several respects. He states that the district's …
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Schools do need the money
Smith Young's letter in the Aug. 16 paper advising us to defeat any Douglas County School District bond proposal is flawed in several respects. He states that the district's $53,080 average teacher salary is "in the middle of the pack statewide," implying that's OK. However, that state average includes districts in counties like Baca, Yuma and Moffatt, where salary bases are much lower. Comparisons must be made with our nearest "competitors," those with similar salary demographics. A $17,000 disparity between DC and Creek is not acceptable. Additionally, to label teaching part-time work is disingenuous.
He fails to mention the need for capital to fund the physical plant... repairs and improvements to plumbing, electric, IT, buses, etc., plus competitive salaries to retain employees in those disciplines. Is this "lavish" spending? Does he defer maintenance items in his own home?
Mr. Young appears fixated on the tax increase necessary to fund improvements, an onerous amount of $17 a month, which would force one to forego maybe four lattes monthly. We feel his pain. However, for DC to retain excellent employees and maintain excellent facilities, money must be there. Prices go up, and our children deserve the best we can give them. A vote "yes" in November, with the attendant small cost, will go a long way toward providing that. Additionally, excellent schools are a drawing card to this community, ensuring property values are maintained and that the county keeps its reputation as an excellent place to live.
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