To the Editor:
I sit in profound dismay of District 155 administration’s attempt to take one of the positive components of living in McHenry County and usurp the commitment and efforts of teachers who have spent their lives improving themselves so that they can be better teachers for the betterment of our children.
The system in place has awarded and motivated teachers for academic improvement, achievement and dedication; provided them with a path for personal improvement for the betterment of the children; and sustained a system that motivates performance on a long-term basis. It appears as if the administration has the goal of negation of knowledge and experience that these teachers offer that have allowed these schools to excel so that their students become leading citizens of our community.
I have had the honor of speaking to numerous classes at Prairie Ridge High School, where I have found polite, informed, inquisitive and motivated students who understand the value of an education, appreciate the academic gifts and respect the corps of honest, decent, honorable, intelligent, committed teachers they have had the privilege of learning from.
Look within and justify administrative expenditures. Provide comparisons with other comparable school district administrations in terms of size, scope and experience. Show equity across the entire spectrum, including teacher education and experience, then can you honestly believe that what has transpired is honest, forthright and fair.
The goal must be the betterment of our children for they too will inherit earth and, someday, we will all follow them.