Letters to the Editor

School district: Better uses for the money

Two school districts; two independent audits.

South Whidbey School District’s audit pointed out declining enrollment and more state level cuts, hence a shortage of money. This resulted in a hiring freeze on many positions and a cut in purchases at the administrative level to save money.

Oak Harbor School District’s audit “validated what we already knew,” according to Superintendent Schulte. Oak Harbor, with a declining enrollment and more state level cuts, has decided to hire a communication expert to point out how good Oak Harbor School District is! This salary will range from between $35,000 to $94,000 a year.

Evidently, an almost 50 percent drop-out rate at the high school in the past three years, students who have to share text books in junior high and high school, as well as 60 percent of junior high and high school students receiving inflated A’s and B’s was not mentioned in the audit.

The salary paid to the new communication expert could be used to put text books into the hands of each student so they could actually take them home and study, Or, maybe the high school roof could be repaired!

Joyce King

Oak Harbor

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