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April 3, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stillwater Public Schools in sad shape

STILLWATER, Okla. — Marsha Byford

Stillwater

Letter to the editor:

The reported financial shape of the Stillwater Public Schools is sad, especially considering that Mustang Public Schools is hosting a job fair for teachers and support personnel to meet the superintendent and principals next week. 

To start with, both my husband and I have called repeatedly over the months and are always directed to someone who refers to himself as a “new superintendent.”

He can’t answer a question, obtain an answer or return a phone call much less solve a problem. We have both been public school teachers and we will tell you that the money is not in teaching.

In fact, we both supplemented our classrooms with our own funds as most teachers do. By eliminating this superintendent’s job that would probably save two to five teaching jobs.

One of our complaints is that all of the lights at the new Will Rogers Elementary School are on 24/7. The utility bills need to be examined and lights turned off as a means for saving teachers jobs. Are the lights left on like this citywide?

The high school stadium lights are frequently left on with no one there and they provide light for a large part of the area they are in. The air handlers have never worked properly since Will Rogers has been built. It causes a high-pitched noise and sounds like a jet engine, and no telling of the monetary waste there, as well as the noise and safety issue.

Right now I have green filter material in my yard that is blowing out of their filters. In a city the size of Stillwater and with the knowledge out there just for the asking why do we need the paid support personnel within the system?

Why could not a volunteer system be set up to utilize our vast array of knowledgeable educators and those young and upcoming educators at OSU? We need some good old fashioned brainstorming to save money instead of a system always looking to spend more money.

 

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