Letter to the editor: Vote yes for our schools

Posted 10/9/18

Vote yes for our schools You may have seen statistics about school Douglas County School District pay scales. Data rarely tells the whole story. Take the chemistry and math teacher that Rock Canyon …

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Letter to the editor: Vote yes for our schools

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Vote yes for our schools

You may have seen statistics about school Douglas County School District pay scales. Data rarely tells the whole story. Take the chemistry and math teacher that Rock Canyon High School lost after the 2017-18 school year. This teacher would do anything to help students, including coming in on Saturdays to help kids.

I am the principal at Rock Canyon, and you can imagine my sadness when she informed me that she accepted a teaching job at Denver North for $13,000 more annually.

In 2016-17, a language arts teacher told me he has going to drive 15 minutes further to make $24,000 more per year.

I could share many stories of excellent educators who have taken talents and passion to nearby districts. Every single teacher who left for higher pay has had that emotional moment in my office where they tell me they love Rock Canyon and our students, but must make a change for family.

According to CDE, our staff on average is paid $13,000-$18,000 less than Littleton and Cherry Creek, respectively. I am a proud father of three boys who attend Douglas County schools and I have been a Douglas County resident for 17 years. Over the past eight years as principal, nearly two dozen incredible teachers have left for higher pay.

It is time for all of us to demonstrate how much we value the educations of our children.

Please vote YES on 5A and 5B.

Andy Abner

Principal of Rock Canyon High School

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