Live Oak —
I have never been a participant of this forum, but I decided that I have to now. I love teaching in Suwannee County! I have no desire to do anything else.
We have a wonderful school system and I am very proud to be a part of that system. It is a blessing to come to work every day. I want to teach for at least five more years and more if I am able. It is hard for me to imagine not teaching little ones.
In this economy with the financial struggles that we are facing in this day and time, I find it very difficult to justify the expenditure to reconfigure. Even if it is truly $102,000 as projected, that is an unnecessary expense that we can avoid at this time.
There are school districts around us that have found it necessary to take upwards of 19 percent pay cuts. After the federal pay cut, the state pay cut, and now the sequestration situation, it is my fear that we may also find ourselves in a similar situation. As I tell my little ones, “we need to hold on and wait a minute!”
The way that our schools are presently configured guarantees equitable and fair education to all. ALL children in Live Oak progress throughout the three elementary schools and all are equally exposed to the same educational experiences.
With the new Common Core Standards coming into play, new materials and curriculum will need to be adopted and ordered and that expense will be in addition to the reconfiguration cost. We do not know what the future holds financially and this is NOT the time to be stepping out on an unstable limb in a shaky tree, so to speak.
Thank you for this opportunity to share my feelings and thoughts.
Live Oak —
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