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Letter: We have let teachers down

In response to Mr. Wayne Drye’s letter, “Teachers have a pretty good gig” (which I absolutely disagree with), May 16 is not just about teacher’s wages. In fact, it really isn’t about that at all. It’s about conditions which many of our schools are in and the lack of resources available.

Citizens have stood by and watched as the number of teacher assistants has been drastically reduced, supply budgets are non-existent and now we are threatening to do away with librarians and other support staff. Currently, the Rowan-Salisbury School System has nearly $200 million worth of capital needs to make our aging buildings functional and safe.

I find it ironic actually, that three hours after I read this letter, I received a call from my daughter’s school stating a dismissal time of 10 a.m. due to no air conditioning on a day that is predicted to reach 90 degrees. Not to mention, this is right in the middle of testing.

I, for one, am thankful that the teachers are going to Raleigh. We, the voters and taxpayers, have let them and our 20,000 students down in recent years. Shame on us.

— Krista Woolly

Salisbury

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