To the Editor:
The most recent articles covering (Oswego) SD308 and the proposed budget revisions have prompted me to write; I have also looked at the district website for insights, as well.
As a community member and a retired educator, I am always hoping for “budget tweaking” which does not continually impact the student learners and the teachers. But our administrators do not rise to exemplary status once again. The cuts considered are always on the backs of the student population and the teachers. Once again, the community is not given any suggestions about cuts to the upper-level administration, nor to the number of assistants the district has.
While maintaining those wonderful salaries, I recommend that each and every upper-level professional be required (as part of his/her job description) to help increase instructional time with ESL students, or with students with reading challenges, or serving as a classroom aide, or teaching a course from his/her college degree background. Each one of them needs to spend daily time helping our students succeed on a more personal level, rather than just reading data reports.
This would, I believe, accomplish at least three goals. Each would receive current “hands-on” experience that each has seemed to have forgotten. Our students would benefit from each administrator’s help and the realization that administrators do care. Since a major budget cut seems always to impact the teaching/support staff and, more importantly, the students, the administration working with everyone would be a positive morale boost for all. Administrators already receive more than adequate salaries and benefits; this is a positive step without need of financial compensation, but positive visibility with students, staff, parents and the community.
Well, I know that this idea will not receive serious consideration because it requires some of our leaders to get back into the “real mix” of providing education to the student population. All members of the community should seriously consider how (Oswego) SD308 takes action on the budget and how it requests more tax dollars. Be assured that community members will take serious consideration of (Oswego) SD308 and their request for more money the next voter opportunity.