$5.85 an hour to a teachers' aide? You have to be kidding? $5.85!!!! Do they give food stamps with that?!!! How incredibly horrible to be paying good people such a lowly sum when the school board just freely gave the incompetent superintendent a raise that is almost the same amount as the teacher's aide's annual salary if the teacher's aide worked full time. Most, probably are not considered full-time and probably don't receive benefits such as insurance, etc. ($5.85 an hour is $234 per week BEFORE taxes are taken out. $5.85 an hour is $12,168 per year if you work 40 hours and are paid for 52 weeks!)
Can you believe $5.85 an hour! You could make more than that at Walmart or McDonalds and not have to wear wading boots to work (from all the BS you have to step in at school, it has to be at least knee-deep). Look at all the germs the teachers get from all the little kids blowing snot all year long. And the school board said they were waiting to give raises to the staff so they could see if the school’s health insurance was going up? I about died when I heard that crock of sheep duke! You pay your teachers and staff so badly, why don’t you figure out funding for their insurance and call it an actual benefit?
You know what $5.85 an hour says? It says, "Bite me!". That is exactly what the school board is telling you. They are telling you that you don't count!! You are qualified to work with the most important people in the world and asked to make a difference....you work with our children!! You work with our future and you are paid $5.85 an hour???? School board, how about not only rescinding "Queen B's" new and improved salary, but how about lowering it? You hired an inexperienced superintendent and gave her a salary of amazing proportions for her experience, once again proving to the community that you have no business handling our monies!!! PLEASE do not come to us asking for yet another tax increase EVER AGAIN. What is wrong with you people? Are you morons? Do you not have a conscience? $5.85 an hour to work with our children and put up with all the crap they have to just to work at the school. Unreal, unheard of and a slap in the face when you chose to give good old Angie a raise without a thought to the people who actually do the work and make the school run. I have been expecting to see a mass Exodus in Biblical proportions at the school any day now and see picket lines from here to Branson West. Now I know why you haven’t done that. Has nothing to do with being loyal to the school or our kids……the fact is, on such meager salaries, you can’t afford to buy the picket signs!!!
School board, I have heard about some of the programs you want to cut. How about actually getting in there and figuring out a plan on NOT cutting the programs? It's so easy to say, "We cannot afford this, so let's cut it.", instead of actually finding a way to fund it. Is that because finding funding would require work? How about Angie getting off her duff and actually doing something for that amazing little salary she earns? Anyone been able to approach her here lately during "The Fiasco"? I'm sure she has some personal problems she needs to take care of, but guess what, when it is time to work, she needs to leave that stuff at the door and get to work. I’d really like to know what she actually does for that salary?
How the school board or Angie can sleep at night is beyond me. How can they go to bed knowing they have made decisions such as paying someone qualified enough to work with out children a mere $5.85 an hour while they are throwing money out the window to Angie and for what? For her to lock herself up in her office? She's not even a good administrator. Someone said you would have us in bankruptcy before this is all over. I, for one, will not be surprised. My only surprise after the things I find out is why has it taken this long?
As you can tell, I am overwhelmed knowing we are paying good people a mere $5.85 an hour, which only increases my “amazement” at the school board’s decision to give Angie a raise. Can you imagine how far her raise would have gone if it was split between some of these well-deserving employees of the school? Wouldn’t that have been nice for someone to actually take a notice of the people who actually are working hard and say, “We appreciate you and here is a nice raise.” I think of the people in the background who make such a difference in our kids. The janitors, the cooks, the bus drivers, the teachers’ aides, the gals in the offices….all go unnoticed but yet they make such a difference in these kids’ lives and the school couldn’t operate without them. The people who make our school run like it should are the “Kirby Hedrick’s”, the “Dave Manning’s”, the “Charlene Grave’s”, the “Miss Shirley’s”, the “Miss Gina’s”, the “Miss Robin’s”, the nurses like “Nurse Paula”, etc. If they weren’t there, the school would not run. These people aren’t paid massive salaries. They are there to make a difference in our kids. Ask the kids about them. If asked who their favorite people at school are or have been, I bet one of those names or a lot of those names will come up. Kirby Hedrick is no longer there (and I’m sure he is thankful), but for years, he was a wonderful bus driver and janitor who the kids adored! Look at Mr. Dave, Charlene Graves, Shirley West, Gina Reed, Robin Yocom….and the list goes on and on. While these people are not teachers, they make probably as much or a bigger contribution to the lives and the molding of the lives of our children. Ask the kids. They will tell you. That kind of service and love for our kids should not only be commended, but awarded at least at raise time. Their salaries should not be a slap in the face. They should be awarded salaries that are the envy of all school districts. Our staff turn-over should be in percentages so low that we can’t measure them. You see, Reeds Spring should be the richest smaller school district around. The ratio of tax-payers who do not have children in our school to the number of tax-payers who do have children in our school is amazing. We are in a retirement area with expensive houses with expensive taxes, much of that going to the Reeds Spring School District. So, when the school board and superintendent say, “We can’t afford this. We can’t pay our teachers and staff what they are worth. We need to trash this program because we can’t afford it.”, what they are really saying is, “We don’t know how to manage the monies that you, as tax-paying citizens of our school district have entrusted us with. Not only that, we are lazy and we would rather not look for funding elsewhere. We are aware there are grants out there to be applied for, but we’re too lazy to look for that free money.”
If this school board hired a few people to do nothing but file for grants, you would be amazed at the money that is out there. Gerald Jenkins’ handout said, “Items such as books cannot be bought with bond money, but are funded with federal, state and largely local taxes.” I cannot believed there is not grant money out there to buy books with if the homework is done. I don’t think the school board seems to be worried because Gerald Jenkins’ re-election handout also said, “…with our current levy of $3.76, we have a 20% fund balance so a tax levy increase is not needed at this time.” Then why are they trying to cut projects such as the “R Project”? And why aren’t there enough books to go around?
I have another little tidbit for the school board. When you schedule your meetings, how about eating before you show up? There is no reason you are given a big feast for every meeting. Eat before you show up and bring your own drinks. When you start cutting costs, you might just start with yourselves first. If we are short on funds for anything to do with our kids, then you should set a good impression and forego the food.
Once again, can I get an Amen?