Letter: A bonus for hard work
I am a 20-year veteran teacher at Chichester Central School and could not ask for a better school to work in.
I was out of town for the school board meeting, but I feel the Aug. 15 article on the Monitor’s front page did not properly portray the situation at our school. A stipend is, by definition, a fixed regular sum paid as a salary or allowance.
The school board did not approve a stipend, it approved a bonus. Bonus, by definition, is an amount of money added to wages especially as a reward for good performance.
Chichester Central School had been recognized as a finalist for the National Blue Ribbon School Award, the highest award a school can achieve. It was a school achievement, not a teacher achievement, but the word teacher is used frequently in the article.
It should say janitors, kitchen personnel, support staff, teachers and principals received this bonus.
Did this bonus put a little spring in my step and improve my morale? Yes! Being recognized for hard work is morale boosting.
I believe an unexpected bonus would put a little spring in most anyone’s step. It is an honor to teach in this exceptional school. I look forward to working with an incredible staff, a supportive school board and caring townspeople taking a respectful part in the process of town governing.