Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Community makes a difference

To the editor:

South Whidbey School District will be greatly affected by the current budget cuts. Staff has been reduced. Programs have been cut. All of this is due to economic downturns and declining enrollment.

What has not been reduced is the commitment by the teachers and staff to provide a top- quality education for our kids.

Like many of us in the community, the teachers are not receiving their cost-of-living increase, and their contract will be reduced by one day due to state funding cuts. The support staff has been affected by 40 people either losing their jobs or having their hours cut.

Even with all of these cuts, the remaining staff are committed to getting our kids to school safely, feeding them at lunch and teaching them to become the leaders of tomorrow.

They don’t work at South Whidbey because it pays the best. They work here because they believe in the kids here. They are personally compelled to be the best they can be under stressful circumstances.

These are the people I want to mentor my child. They know what it means to do your personal best, even when there is not necessarily a cost benefit, except maybe that reward in heaven.

Every person working for the district has taken a financial hit and yet continues to work for our kids. They are doing more than ever with less than ever.

As the school board moves through the paces of budgeting and determining the restructuring for the district, show your support by being involved. Come to the meetings, add your thoughts on what works. If it doesn’t seem to be working, tell them your idea of how it might work better. Community support does make the difference.

Shawn Nowlin

Freeland

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