Letters to the Editor

Class size is “not for the kids”

The author, in her Sept. 6 letter to the editor, goes into detail about class size and teachers deserving higher salaries. It is vague whether she was in the South Kitsap School District system for 24 years or is still in the SKSD system. If she is still in the system, then she can look up some things for herself that are talked about below.

It is very interesting that she should be so concerned about class size because she is not even a teacher. She works in the office as a coordinator, whatever that is, and more than likely deals with two or three other people in that office every day. The district just negotiated 33 students and 35 students, respectively, as class-size numbers. The entire idea behind class size is “not for the kids” it is about hiring more teachers to require more taxpayer funds.

Then she makes reference to teachers deserving higher pay. Perhaps the office coordinator should pull out the district pay list and look at it. As Superintendent Michelle Reid states the average pay for a teacher in SKSD is $84,000 for 180 days of actual four hours per day face-to-face teaching of a student until you get to the high school level where it is six hours per day. The office coordinator would also notice that some teacher salary for the same 180 days is more than $120,000 increasing every year, and with every illegal levy that is passed.

Most important here is that the office coordinator lower her stress level and stop worrying about the poor teachers. She does not belong to SKEA and needs not be worried over the hardships that poor teachers have to suffer through. It would seem to me that she would be more concerned about assisting the three high school assistant principals that have such hard job that it takes three of them to do it. Perhaps I have this one wrong; it takes those three vice principals to assist the principal in meeting the requirements of his job.

Larry L. Mann | Port Orchard


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