Letter to the editor: Ramona schools need Prop. R

Ramona schools are excelling in the classroom as evidenced by test scores that are better than most schools in San Diego County. The Title One Academic Achievement Award at Ramona Elementary and California Distinguished School awards at other Ramona schools show the progress our schools are making.

This year is going to be a different story with 39 to 40-plus kids in each classroom (no aides!). Next year will be worse if Proposition R fails.

Teachers put in an awful lot of hours for their job. Minimum wage is closer to what they are paid, especially with no wage increases in many years.

Classified employees have already taken furlough days (time off with no pay) and have agreed to take an additional 10 furlough days this school year. It would be nice if the school superintendent could donate some of his 16% increase to help out (2008-$164,000 to 2012-$190,998). The school board members are financially supported in some way also.

We are in support of all propositions that supports schools. I have no trust in the current or previous school board that squandered huge amounts of money without a concrete plan to repay the loans. The hope is that they learned from their mistakes and can put the monies where it is needed. Writing articles about Ramona school needing help is nice, but getting it done would be better.

We need help at the Ramona school district with our future—the kids! They need to be able to learn and grow to become knowledgeable great examples of our community. Being taught by one person in 40 student classrooms that have rodents, roaches, and skunks living under portable buildings is no way to learn.

I am voting in favor of Proposition R to help our Ramona schools. I am also in support of Proposition 30 to help all of the California schools. Hopefully some of the highly educated board members and state legislators will do our future right!

Dennis McInish, Ramona

   
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