Letter to the editor: 5A, 5B crucial for DCSD

Posted 10/24/18

5A, 5B crucial for DCSD I taught in Douglas County for 18 years before taking a (yes) pay cut to move to a neighboring district. My working conditions (student learning conditions) were poor and left …

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Letter to the editor: 5A, 5B crucial for DCSD

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5A, 5B crucial for DCSD

I taught in Douglas County for 18 years before taking a (yes) pay cut to move to a neighboring district. My working conditions (student learning conditions) were poor and left me struggling to meet the needs of my students. I felt like I was trying to do good work in a system that was set up for failure, with no chance for a pay increase before retirement.

In the 18 years I was in DCSD I saw a drop in extracurricular activities, mental health and special education support, and professional development, while experiencing increased class sizes, evaluation paperwork and pressure to perform well on state testing without the environment to do so. Teachers were asked to take on more responsibility with less training and stagnant pay-all stealing my love for teaching.

After moving to a neighboring district that passes its bond/ MLOs, I’ve experienced a rebirth in my motivation for learning and teaching. I work in a safe and well-maintained building with security cameras. The class sizes are manageable with students having appropriate mental health and special education support. I am rewarded for seeking advanced knowledge (back to my DCSD salary with the opportunity for raises) and feel like I am growing again as a teacher.

It’s not too late for DCSD to, again, be a destination district. We have a fiscally responsible board, a motivated superintendent and the financial ability to make it happen with a yes vote on 5A/5B.

Mary-Margaret Finch

Lone Tree

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