Letter: Support Pittsfield schools

Thursday, March 08, 2018
Support Pittsfield schools

To the good citizens of Pittsfield: One last word before we vote on the proposed school budget and the teachers contract on March 13.

Back in 2003, I was part of an effort to cut $400,000 from the school budget. Most of the reasoning was Barnstead was going with Alton and taking its $400,000 to $500,000 in tuition payments. The other main reason was many of us were struggling to pay our property taxes. Add to this the high interest charges for late payment of taxes. Well, you get the idea.

Oh, and of course many of us felt distant and disconnected from the school, and equated the same people who wanted to tell us what we could do with our land with the vote to support education and raise property taxes.

That was then, this now.

I have gotten to know John Freeman, Susan Bradley and Tobi Chassie, along with teachers, coaches, committee members, the school board and the budget committee. They have not lied to me yet. You can trust them.

Our kids are being saddled with the consequences of climate change, debt, inequality and gun violence. How about we pass the proposed school budget and give the teachers their contract.

Try to think of the administrators, teachers and support staff as our employees. If we don’t treat them the very best we can, we will not have people to do the job. Just ask the police department about that.