As of Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Dalles Exit the box
To the editor:
The District 21 School Board needs to think outside the box. Cutting educational instruction positions, including music (lifetime enrichment for all levels of ability), physical education (when there are so many overweight youth) and extra help for the gifted is totally unacceptable!
“Gifted” are a part of the special education our schools need to provide just as surely as for the educationally challenged.
The major priority of a school system is to offer the finest opportunities possible for positive learning with great staff and environment. The first positions which need to be cut are administrative.
There is actually no real need for vice principals, unless they function extra and teach at least three-fourths of the time. Principals can teach, at least one subject in one classroom a day. The superintendent’s position can be cut to half-time.
Enlist more volunteers from the community to teach specialty classes so the district can function on less income. Don’t worry about whether these individuals have bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degrees behind their names. Do they love students? Can they teach something? Get creative.
Be certain class sizes are small and that the ultimate priority is education and a path for life-long learning. Sending positive, rather than negative, news about one of the most wonderful opportunities we can offer — education — will help us all have a better sense of well-being and perhaps encourage many of us to become more actively involved.
A huge “thank-you” is due to the dedicated district professional and support staff who continue to put the needs of the learners first. Your efforts are appreciated.
Donnamae [Craber] Grannemann