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April 24, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Morale in Stillwater schools at low point

STILLWATER, Okla. — Shelley Mitchell

Stillwater

To the editor:

I have been researching a variety of things regarding the SPS district administration and finances over the past month, since a variety of problems suddenly “appeared.”

Teachers have a lot of information on how things work in the district, as do staff, principals, etc. These school personnel are with our children every day, doing their best to provide a safe environment and a quality education. They know how things are and what needs to change to make it better. However, no one at the top seems to listen or care about what they think.

I’ve never seen morale this low. Everyone is afraid to question or talk about anything, for fear of being transferred to another building or a less desirable position, publicly reprimanded, or fired. Come to think of it, there have been a lot of transfers in the past few years. This district appears to be run like a monarchy. If you question anything, “off with your head.” That is not what is best for our students. That is not what is best for employee morale. That is how you  run off good teachers (come to think of it, a lot of them have left lately) and loyal staff. SPS employees do not deserve to be treated like this. The superintendent has been quoted as saying that after 3-5 years in a position, you get stale and need to move on. Ummmmm. . . she got here in 2008. Do the math.

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